Casa in via Catone, Rome by Massimo Adario Architetto | Yellowtrace
Photo by Sisters Agency.

Casa in via Catone, Rome by Massimo Adario Architetto | Yellowtrace
Photo by Sisters Agency.

Casa in via Catone, Rome by Massimo Adario Architetto | Yellowtrace
Photo by Sisters Agency.

 

When I first laid eyes on this apartment in Via Catone in Rome by Massimo Adario Architetto, it felt as though the home exuded a certain personality. If I were to imagine the apartment personified it would be that ultra cool, eclectic yet classy friend that isn’t afraid of mixing it up. They’re fun, adventurous and will have you over for the wildest dinner parties. Instead of seeing this apartment as floors, walls and ceilings; I see it as a life unfolding. Does anyone remember this awesome post which asks – Can a House be a Character? It describes homes in films as having distinct personalities as if they were another character in the film. It’s a great observation and I think the metaphor is relevant for this project.

Located in Rome, this apartment was virtually unaltered since it was built just after the unification of Italy. The traces of this are evident in the Palladian floors and intricate door detailing. Other than additional bathrooms, the configuration of the apartment remains the same. It is split into 6 roughly equal rooms that are connected to each other via a corridor.

 

Casa in via Catone, Rome by Massimo Adario Architetto | Yellowtrace
Photo by Sisters Agency.

Casa in via Catone, Rome by Massimo Adario Architetto | Yellowtrace
Photo by Sisters Agency.

Casa in via Catone, Rome by Massimo Adario Architetto | Yellowtrace
Photo by Sisters Agency.

 

Instagram hashtag aside, I have this thing for floors and this apartment wholeheartedly ticks all the boxes. Who knew you could transition from various types of terrazzo flooring so well?! I’m particularly enamoured by the kitchen floor with the unbeatable colour combo of soft pink, grey, white and black. Within the kitchen, pastel blue cabinets and taupe walls contrast beautifully with brass lighting fixtures and 20th century furniture.

There is a sense of stateliness in the study and library room which is covered in wallpaper from 18th century engravings. Whereas the adjacent living room houses a quirky compilation of furniture, art and crafts that would be the envy of any serious collector. I know I have my eyes on that brass coffee table, side table and lamp!

This house in Via Catone layers textures, colours and styles to great success. There is a sense of luxury and grandeur as you move through the space and is heightened by the views to historical Rome and St Peter’s Basilica a mere few hundred meters away. If this apartment were indeed a person, I’d certainly want to be their friend!

 

Casa in via Catone, Rome by Massimo Adario Architetto | Yellowtrace
Photo by Giorgio Possenti.

Casa in via Catone, Rome by Massimo Adario Architetto | Yellowtrace
Photo by Giorgio Possenti.

Casa in via Catone, Rome by Massimo Adario Architetto | Yellowtrace
Photo by Giorgio Possenti.

Casa in via Catone, Rome by Massimo Adario Architetto | Yellowtrace
Photo by Giorgio Possenti.


[Images courtesy of Massimo Adario Architetto. Photography by Giorgio Possenti & Sisters Agency.]

 

About The Author

Fenina Acance
Contributor

Architecting away in Melbourne, Fenina is a shameless fashion, art and design fanatic who loves defying the relentless Melbournian uniform of black on black on black. Often spotted strutting a boisterous mix of pattern and colour, her eclectic love for the bold, raw and textured fuels her passion for design and contemporary art. When not indulging in Cy Twombly’s sensitive scribbles or Serra’s evocative sculptural forms, her love for everything Italian consumes the rest of her time. Whether it’s the language, design or food (especially food), Fenina is obsessed!

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