Rome, the eternal city, settlement of civilizations for centuries. Empires, republics, papacies, wars, artists, enlightened travellers, rascals... Everything had and still has room in the city. Including tourism, the invasion of the last seven decades, takes the streets and monuments of the city looking for a timeless beauty, a beauty that does not fade just like the appeal of those women whose personality transcends the circumstances.

It is not easy to design a luxury vacation spot in such a high level context. When the means allow to have few limitations, the risk is to lose the sense of decorum, to design something kitschy, meaningless or a style exercise. For this reason it seemed logical to base the project on principles of functionality that try to establish a direct contact between the travellers' dreams and the place they visit.

The architects Rebosio and Spagnulo (R+S Design, Milano) have recently risen to this challenge with the Roman Penthouse project for the Regina Hotel Baglioni. Their proposal for this luxury penthouse with a spectacular view of the city satisfies the expectations a typical traveller may have when staying at a such a place. Among the various solutions the penthouse seems to privilege those which establish a direct functional relation with the visitor and an aesthetic one with the city.

Colours, materials and textures of a winning idea

This space is uses especially during the night as a hedonistic resting spot, after a day spent in town. For this reason the chromatic combination is based on neutral tones: black, grey and Prussian blue. These colours soften the brightness of the daylight and condense the colours of the urban night, which seem to invade the penthouse. The same logic lies behind the choice of the reflecting materials used – glass and dark marble – which work as panels on which the city is reflected.

All materials are characterised by some kind of texture or fracture: tapestries, marbles, mouldings on the walls... The desired result is a cosy sensation which avoids the feeling of a cold emptiness, but without falling into clashes or an excessive baroque.

A modern decorative lighting

A key protagonist of Rebosio and Spagnulo's work is the decorative lighting, ceiling lamps in particular. The first key elements are the Diadema and Giogali models of Vetreria Vistosi: they are two bespoke chandeliers with Murano glass elements, with a modern, flexible and functional design which does not look at the past. The other key element is the two level ceiling, which frames and makes the chandeliers stand out as decorative objects and which enhances their brightness.

It is, thus, a clear example of a contemporary luxury space which is able to offer the travellers whatever they desire, except what surrounds them and cannot be bought: time.

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