The spirit of Rome

Traditional and contemporary canons combine with one another in the reconversion project of the building that houses The Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel, in the historical centre of the capital. A diamond worked by the expert hands of Studio Marco Piva

The Pantheon Iconic, Rome
The Pantheon Iconic, Rome

Owner: Trophy Value Added
Developer: DeA Capital Real Estate SGR
Main Contractor: MDM
Hotel operator: Unica Collection (Pacini Building Workshop), “The Autograph Collection” Marriott Group
Architecture & Interior design: Studio Marco Piva
Furnishings: Antonacci Design, Atmosphera, Brand Glass, Divania, Mandelli, Minotti, Riccardi Bronzista, Sealing Porte, Simmons, Smart Ice Italy, Tempotest
Kitchens & Bars: Grossiproget, Zanussi
Lighting: Artemide, Puraluce
Bathrooms: Arca Mobili, Caleido, Duravit, Fir Italia, Galassia, Geberit, Jacuzzi, Treesse, Victoria + Albert
Systems: Adolfo Latini, Aquilanti, Glt, Kone, Urmet
Floor and surfaces: Atmosphera, Casalgrande Padana, Ege, Ecocontract, Florim, I Conci, Listone Giordano, Margaritelli, Oikos
Curtains, Fabrics: Rubelli
Photo credits: Andrea Martiradonna

It is not easy for an architect to intervene on the sacredness of a place as unique as the centre of Rome. It means operating on a building with a stratified past. Reinterpreting symbolic architectural elements that are one with the surrounding environment. Studio Marco Piva has been able to move with great delicacy on a terrain presenting so many challenges, that it decided to start the project – especially in the choice of shapes, surfaces and colours – from the observation of that particular Roman light that changes along with everything that it touches. It succeeded, side by side with Pacini Building Workshop, realising the reconversion project of the new The Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel, part of the Unica Collection in collaboration with the Marriott brand The Autograph Collection.

A 5-star hotel oriented to an international clientele that now allows the building that hosts it to take back its original function, after having been, in fact, first a hotel and later a seat of the offices of the Senate of the Italian Republic. Only eleven months of construction from the planning phase to completion have brought with it a careful historical investigation, a process of restoration and renovation, together with attentive interior design. For a result that is an expert graft of contemporaneity and monumental styles, escaping every cliché, and which culminates on the sixth floor with a terrace that is, to say the least, spectacular, delimiting a territory made of calm and relaxation, far away from the tourist frenzy that populates the city.

For the 79 rooms distributed over 5 floors and for all the other environments, the architects have carried out a sophisticated work of chromatic variation, characterising each level with a specific personality using different combinations of materials and colours, blending elements of strong formal and emotional appeal – like the original arches brought back to light in the architectural recovery – to the creativity and the flair of a designer.

The material is intentionally a protagonist, offering guests the feeling of living in a refined Roman noble palace. One therefore finds stone, bronze, the large slabs of polished black porcelain stoneware of the flooring, the gold Calacatta marble of the reception desks and lobby bar, the hide that covers the boiserie of the rooms, the textured wood and the brushed brass decorative elements. And there is more, the red Lepanto marble combined with glass in the bathrooms that give emphasis to the Roman classicism of the nearby Pantheon.

Many of the furnishing elements have been designed by Marco Piva himself and made by trusted local craftsmen chosen by the Pacini family. To these are added artworks and art objects specifically created for the hotel that, once again, recall archetypal forms of monuments architecture. While a series of prestigious brands of Made in Italy product design enriches the various spaces with contemporary luxury.

A substantial contribution comes from Artemide, with whom Studio Marco Piva has established a synergistic alliance to ennoble lighting that, within the project, carries a fundamental weight, both for the architectural part and for the internal environments. The company is not only present with its collections, but has also created customised solutions following the design characteristics to perfection, such as the particular LED lighting system that geometrically frames the whole area of the ground floor, recalling the compositional principles that are at the base of classical architecture. Ready to be conquered by the spirit of Rome?