Rome: design, architecture, what to see in 2022


Rome it’s like a bubbling volcano. There are new creative realities trying to find their space in a complex and stimulating context, says the architect and designer. Umberto Mantineo which exchanges projects for houses and apartments with collaborations with the cinema.

“You feel almost overwhelmed by working here, the city is never neutral. We must study, understand, dialogue. Both it Tre de Tutto restaurant all Garbatella, both the Monti condominiuma hotel that is closest to a house a stone’s throw from the Colosseum », he echoes Matteo Soddu it with Tommaso Amato And Valentina Paiola form it Tomato study.



“The aesthetics are sublime, even if everything is let go a little. Capers grow on the Roman aqueducts, and then the parks, with their mixture of humanism and naturalness “: he speaks Dylan Tripp, American floral designer with a past in fashion that never ceases to amaze her adopted city. It is the great connection with the fabric of the shops that enables unexpected experiments. Davide Gallina and Ilaria Aprile from the Manufatto studio immediately decided to collaborate with the craftsmen: “Each of our projects is directly linked to the laboratory, which we have decided to work on to make it happen.

Editorial products ranging from glass to ceramics to paper, ”they explain. Giorgio La Corte instead of material chose only one, the concrete: «I am an engineer, it is a material I know well. It is versatile and never finished as it stood Zaha Hadid. When I opened the Forma & Cemento studio in 2015, I turned passion into a job ». The first product, the Tadao bord, has already become a classic. The declensions of Roman creativity assume very different nuances, as demonstrated by it Studio Næssi from Eleonora Carbone And Alessandro D’Angeli: «We offer advice and a method of working. We know how to do it because we are also designers ».


20 years ago began a season of great architectural revolutions for Rome. The inauguration ofAuditorium Parco della Musica from Renzo piano and subsequently by Maxxi Museum signed by Zaha Hadidwas a sign of an important step.

“In that moment, everything happened. I worked for Piano, my wife Junko for Fuksas, there was a special energy that made us want to stay and open our own studio”: Massimo Alvisi thus tells of an era and the birth of the studio Alvisi Kirimoto. “It was not easy. Our style, a character that combines the Italian and Japanese souls, has immediately achieved important awards and won competitions, but what a slow progress there is.”

The inauguration of a campus building in Luisswhile the opening of Citizens’ Center in Grottaperfetta. Architectures for public spaces appear to be in a positive trend, as the new Rectorate demonstratesRome Three University, a kind of inviting garden space. He has declared Mario Cucinella: “We thought of it as a meeting place that is open to everyone because the university is the place where the culture of the people of the future is built”.

Comparison with context remains the challenge for any architect. Stefano Boeri has focused on light and linearity for the new access path to Domus Aurea inaugurated last year. Not far away is the construction siteBulgari hotelwhich is expected to open in 2023. A Antonio Citterio And Patricia Viel the responsibility of getting their hands on Vittorio Morpurgo’s iconic 1930s building.


In the world of contemporary art in Rome, the key word is research. “Since we opened Mia Gallerynow more than 15 years ago, we made a constant effort to focus on the quality of new design talents to offer the Roman public “, explains Emilia Petruccelli, soul of space in via di Ripetta, in the historic center. He shares this approach with Filippo Tranquilliwho inaugurated his Divario Gallery in Prati in 2019: “It was not an easy effort. After two exhibitions, the pandemic broke out, but I did not lose heart. Today, I feel even more like proposing contemporary art in a neighborhood that is not always accessible to open up. Different spaces, different generations and a constant: to push Rome towards modernity by supporting the new local fabric.

“The capital must open up to the world and to another world: that is what the avant-garde need to break mold and habits. The spirit of the different Contemporary Cluster Galleries to Brancaccio Palace defines this climate “confirm Giorgia Cerullifounder and curator of gallery Apartmenta house decorated with historical and contemporary design objects whose artistic infiltrations are curated Research Center for Chromatic Numbers. The different forms of support for art arise in vastly different contexts. The curatorial intervention of Ongoing Gallery in the Diocletian Room at St. The Regis Hotel is an example. It is even more consistent Alda Fendi-Experiments Foundationwhich created Rhinoceros in 2018, a six-story showroom in Forum Boarium renovated by Jean Nouvel. Research always gives good fruit.


There is piazza Vittorio Emanuele IIthe largest in Rome, with exotic plants and fountains, e.g. S. Bibianathe church rethought by the young man Bernini. Then the noble palaces and the endless ‘multilingual’ chess games Dante square. And again the cultural penthouse’s elegant penthouse apartments – Matteo Garrone and Paolo Sorrentino live here – and the shops smelling of spices from around the world. Esquilinen, one of the seven hills of Rome and one of the most fascinating districts, is truly the synthesis of a changing city. “My grandparents lived here, it may also be for this reason that ten years ago we decided to open Salotto Caronte, a bet. Back then, the neighborhood did not have one of its happiest moments between dirt and crime. But in recent years, there has been a clear desire to improve what comes from those who live it “: what are we talking about? Piero Tadrouschef and owner of Caronte living room, one of the epicenters of this drive for change. In his restaurant there are no tables but sofas, books and candles.

Interior of the Salotto Caronte restaurant in Rome

A warm place, open to all generations and to art. Appreciated to the point of having a twin recently, Casadantein addition to the openings of other meeting places such as Conti ovn And Drink King. “Since we inaugurated last year, the response from the neighborhood has been very high. Now people are arriving from all over the world, ”says Giorgia Cerulli. With Giacomo Guidi led to Palazzo Brancaccio Contemporary Cluster, cultural pole which aims to explore the different forms of contemporary, from design to music to street art: “We want to bring out the collective intelligence of this city. Esquilino is the right neighborhood to start doing “


“I’ve been here for seven years, but I’m still walking around. This city offers glimpses of a gripping beauty. It may be banal, but Rome is so close that it is difficult to do justice ”. L ‘artist Nico Vascellari, originally from Vittorio Veneto, he landed in the capital for family matters. “This city is a challenge,” he says. “At the moment there is no shortage of excitement, young artists are organizing themselves in collectives, opening common spaces, being more active than ever. “People with a cross-cutting approach to art stimulate a kind of curious rebirth that embraces different cultural sectors, as if the pandemic had given an extra boost.”he says while working on his Roman project.

“I’m organizing my new studio, one exhibition space in the Marconi area. I took an old supermarket and am about to turn it into something else you will see it in the next few months. I felt a need to take stock of twenty years of career and at the same time stimulate a new energy that also here – in my new home – can transfer the content I have put in Codalunga, the exhibition, culture and exchange space that I opened in Vittorio Veneto in 2005 ».

Central Montemarini Rome interior

A gift that Vascellari gives to Rome and to himself, inserting himself into this often immersed cultural revolution that is inhaled in the city. “To my taste, I love great classics like me Vatican Museums, park Villa Borghesethat The crypt of the Capuchins in via Vittorio Veneto … Strange that they here only call it ‘Veneto’, it is not a region ”, jokes Vascellari and alludes to the name of his hometown. “I’m lucky there’s the sea nearby and just outside the house is one of my favorite museums in the world that Montemartini power plant: along with the macro, it’s one of the ones I visit the most ».


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