The Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel, recently opened after renovation work lasting 11 months, is a new work of architecture that combines history with creativity and signature design. The restoration, refurbishing and interior design of the historic building in the center of Rome have been done by Studio Marco Piva.
The prestigious hotel has a contemporary style, linked to certain traditional canons, without ever being hampered by clichés. The symbolic features of the architecture in the surrounding monumental context have been reinterpreted, while the forms, surfaces and colors change appearance during the course of the day, under different lighting conditions.
The design challenge was to strip down the original building that had been repeatedly altered over the years, cleaning and recovering certain architectural features like the arches of the central corridor. The arch has become a distinctive signature of the interior design, emphasized by Studio Marco Piva in various passages.
The configuration of the spaces and the range of materials and colors bring harmony with the external context: the various rooms are enhanced by fine marble and elegantly crafted metals.
The Pantheon is the main architectural reference. The windows thus become focus points for viewing the monument, while the communal areas contain explicit links to Roman stylistic elements such as arches and vaults.
The 79 rooms, which stand out for their chromatic choices, are furnished with personalized contemporary design pieces. They are like mini-apartments with the comforts and services of a luxury hotel, and the atmosphere of a noble Roman palace.
There are two outstanding restaurants and lounge bars: on the ground floor, the Dionysus Gourmet Restaurant (opening in January 2019) and a lounge bar, and on the 6th floor the Divinity Restaurant and Divinity Terrace Lounge Bar, with a breathtaking view of Rome.
Marco Piva has designed many of the furnishings: cabinets and upholstered furniture (sofas, armchairs, headboards and paneling in leather and fabric), joined by works of art, including a collection of art objects specifically created for the hotel, based on the archetypal forms of the Pantheon.
The study of lighting has been conducted with the collaboration of Artemide, in order to create mutable scenarios of great impact, inside and outside in the urban context.