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Portonaccio. Historical countryside of the Ager Romanus. Ruins of important tombs. Railway station afterwards. Pasolini’s ardent images and fervid urban development. Popular buildings. Population density. Area integrated in the city of Rome, now more than ever.

The interior of a duplex is found in this context, in a newly erected building. Here, the character, power and determination prevail, opposed to the lightness and ductility of an evolving life: that of a young man, under thirty years of age. Here, there was an ancient ice factory.

The connection is the focus: a continuous, equipped panel in raw iron and wood, thought as double wall, branches out into three spatial axes to thicken the consistency of one of the main building components. Value is conferred to the structure through additional panels that merge, loosen, huddle around, re-open and lastly extend; synchronous, inverted, alternate, they embody, unveil and gather the intimacy of this home: the panels are diaphanous to see, glimpse, conceal, discover, double: a wardrobe, an entrance, a hall, a large kitchen, a bookcase. The person inhabiting these spaces is a young man being formed, an evolving life, the human being wishes to reveal himself but also hide and feel protected. It is a home in balance between safety and adventure. Everything is possible here and now: for this reason, it is a bare, material interior where the primary element is the limit, intended as delimitation of a boundary or a corner. Raw, hard iron and noble, ductile wood compensate each other in the character and through all spaces; they attribute the reciprocal destinies to each other in a rhythmic score and dialogue in synch, revealing their essence. And as a minimalist musical score, apparent seriality brings out the uniqueness and unrepeatability of the single detail, even if in minimal changes.

The corner, thought as bond, stands out from a drawing that is never marginal, but alive, designated and re-lived. As in the scale: the two heavy material hubs, at departure and arrival – wood on the floor and totally iron in the slab – the linear layout of the cantilevered treads at the centre is instead light. Two different views are present: the iron skeleton-like structure viewed from below, while from the top, the entire body in wood and iron, in its whole. A constant reminder to the three dimensions, focused on the edges of the corner, rarefied by the mirrors but at the same time creating unusual optical illusions. The wood ceiling reflects the floor design and reproduces the distribution pace of the container. The sensation is that of alienation and re-discovery of the space, a new challenge by going back to the corner, to the limit – as in football- and then resume from it.

A continuous band, first skirting and then handrail, runs along the stairway ending attached to the slab, configuring a protection that reminds the ropes of a boxing ring. In the master bedroom, the central, fixed position of the wardrobe divides and separates the private space, creating different functions: partly path and container, and partly headboard and server. The floor in oak is designed to bring out the resident’s paths along the iron panels; the large framed windows to introject and then revert the feeling of discovery and astonishment instilled by the urban landscape. The spaces are fluent, detached from pre-built or outdated models. Expedients that accompany the life of a man living in the modern age.

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Scrigno as Manufacturers

Creating a contrast between the strength of metal and the adaptability of rooms, this thriving urban development in the ancient countryside of Rome is located within a former ice factory. The interior concept is developed around the integration of a continuous, fifteen partition sliding panel in raw iron and wood.

Throughout, Scrigno Essential doors were selected for their minimalist versatility, becoming an integral part of the architecture. Of selecting Scirgno’s sliding doors, Nicol Auciello of na3-architecture says ‘My choice was motivated by reasons linked to modernity and the quality and versatility of the solutions, which can be assimilated into the project until they become an integral part of it, making the spaces more fluid and unbound by the preconceived or outdated models that accompany the existence of a man living in the modern era.’ 

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Thanks to their minimal style and characteristic versatility, Essential by Scrigno solutions are the keynotes of the na3-architecture firm project. They provide a harmonious interpretation of space, which centres on the contrast between the strength of metal and the adaptability of the rooms, thanks also to the neutral shades of white and the transparency of glass that make it possible for the forms of the project to fully express themselves.

In the ancient countryside around Rome, currently experiencing thriving urban development, inside a newly-constructed building, the duplex designed by Nicola Auciello rises from the ruins of a former ice factory, ideally targeting a young and dynamic public, with their future laid out before them. The idea behind the project - which develops around the integration of a continuous, fitted partition panel in raw iron and wood and has a strong material presence - focuses on the adaptability of spaces structured around the corner module, intended as both the starting and finishing point for forms that are linear yet dynamic. The eye lingers on the beauty of Scrigno solutions that become part of the poetic-emotional concept, specifically designed to create sensations that are a world away from superfluous virtuosities and meaningless excesses.

As well as being appreciated for their simplicity and functionality, Scrigno Essential doors were selected for their quality and intrinsic minimalist versatility, which makes them that touch of class, that finishing detail to architecture that also expresses itself through the silent elegance of the elements that complete it. The Essential Sliding glass solution stands out thanks to its impalpable presence that perfectly embodies the conceptual aspect of the apartment and exalts it, incorporating the juxtaposition between volumes and materials. The transparency of the glass contrasts ironically with the hard, raw iron and the noble and adaptable wood, confirming the uniqueness and inimitability of every single detail. Customised in terms of size, the solution stands out thanks to its tailor-made elegant simplicity. In addition, in the white wood version, Essential Sliding perfectly integrates into the length of the wall, becoming an almost imperceptible presence compared to the panel and perfect for satisfying the hi-spec design, which focuses entirely on the dynamic contrast between smooth and angular surfaces. The sliding door becomes an integral part of the architecture, exalting the refined tones of the design solutions.

Nicola Auciello of na3-architecture firm stated: “The reputation of Scrigno solutions is evident and doesn’t need to be highlighted given the excellent quality of the product, which is well-known in the sector. My choice was motivated by reasons linked to modernity and the quality and versatility of the solutions, which can be assimilated into the project until they become an integral part of it, making the spaces more fluid and unbound by the preconceived or outdated models that accompany the existence of a man living in the modern era.”

Francesco Bigoni, Marketing Director of Scrigno Holding S.p.A. declared that “Favouring Scrigno solutions and their inclusion in a work - driven not only by great aesthetic significant, but also the desire to arouse emotions through architecture - once again highlights their eclectic nature. Becoming part of a conceptual vision, they prove they can overcome simple structural requirements and represent the spirit of living through their dynamic lightness.”

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