Refurbishing an historic flat is not easy, specially when it is inside a historic Rome building originally designed in 1664 by Mattia de Rossi (one of Bernini’s pupils) and next renovated by Alessandro Specchi, the famous designer, together with Francesco de Sanctis, of The Spanish Steps. Apostoli Loft is the name of this particular small loft on the top of that historic building, and Alessandro de Sanctis from Des Interior Architecture, is the brave designer that took this challenge.
Apostoli Loft, a quiet atmosphere in a historic penthouse
The goal was to transform Apostoli Loft into a contemporary penthouse with a timeless elegance and with a quiet atmosphere, without forgetting the spirit of the Baroque period in Rome. The 45sqm are distributed in an open-plan living area with kitchen and bathroom on the main level and a private bedroom on the mezzanine. Both levels are connected by a suspended staircase, with a white curved balaustrade on the top floor. There is also a suspended bed and a serpentine TV stand, inspired by the serpentine facade of Church of Saint Charles at the Four Fountains, designed by Francesco Borromini in Rome.
Materials used go as different as from reflection glass in living area to matt Roman Travertine Slabs on the living area floor and solid chestnut wood in ceiling beams and furniture. Lighting is also cared, mainly indirect by luminous grooves that give the Apostoli Loft an atmosphere quite suggestive, and a sense of expansion and compenetration with the space.
Fotografía: Courtesy of des interior architecture