Renovation of historic building for offices in Rome

Renovation of historic building for offices in Rome

The purpose of the renovation in question was the internal adaptation of a historic building in the center of Rome, near Piazza Bologna. The company INWIT spa, which is part of the TELECOM group, commissioned La SIA to carry out this intervention for the construction of the management headquarters. The intervention consists of a redistribution of workspaces. E’ stato inoltre necessario riammodernare ed adeguare il sistema impiantistico per garantire agli uffici i più alti standard qualitativi.

The property is located in Rome in Via Giovanni Battista De Rossi near Piazza Bologna within the territory of Municipality II.

The Palazzo is part of a group of three buildings built in the early 1930s.

La palazzina è composta da quattro piani più copertura praticabile.

Each property has its own reserved road and pedestrian access, with a private appurtenant courtyard.

The building is equipped with two stairwells and an elevator located in the main body, which we had to modify as a priority to facilitate access to the floors by people with disabilities.

The main access is on the ground floor, which is partly buried on the side facing via di Villa Ricotti at a different level from the entrance courtyard.

The remaining floors are instead served by generous openings that overlook three sides.

The accessible panoramic roof is part of the technical rooms and can only be accessed from the fourth floor via spiral staircases.

The building has an irregular plan with one side of its perimeter in the shape of an exedra. The internal spaces are therefore distributed around the stairwell which rotates respecting the same radius of curvature.

This made it difficult to match the distribution of the new spaces with the technical geometries of the existing false ceilings and floors.

The main challenge was first of all to position the heavy air treatment machinery inside narrow spaces and then the ventilation channels in such a way as not to damage the facades, realizing the intervention in compliance with all the intrinsic and extrinsic characteristics, and in complete line with the regulatory requirements of the case given that the building is bound by the Capitoline superintendency.

The renovation and adaptation intervention mainly concerned the layout of the interior spaces through a specific search for materials and furnishings, according to the guidelines suggested by the client.

On the ground floor, the movable partition walls belonging to an old installation were removed and the services were relocated to allow the creation of a suitable passage up to the new lift openings and facilitate the passage of people with disabilities.

On this floor a control room has been created, a meeting/buvette area and in the open area a LEDWALL has been installed which hides a local LAN.

The electrical supply of the workstations was carried out through wall sockets distributed with a specially designed integrated conduit and positioned under the desk.

On the upper floors some partitions were demolished in order to create open spaces in line with the distribution needs of the client.

The walls of the rooms that overlook the distribution paths near the landing of the access lift to the floors were instead made of glass with satin aluminum uprights, in such a way as to allow a greater quantity of light to flow into the entrance corridor, which has been enlarged to allow easy passage for people with disabilities and to benefit from a greater breadth, in dimensional/perceptive terms, of the entrance space.
A sound-absorbing technical false ceiling was created to house the appropriate mechanical ducting systems and electrical backbones.

The geometrically more difficult areas to configure with standard tiles, especially in the corridor and in the rooms where the building shows a greater curvature of the masonry system, were made of plasterboard slabs, and equipped with inspectable hatches.

The services on the upper floors have not changed beyond the construction of a new bathroom for disabled people on the third floor.

The fourth and last floor, intended for the executive apparatus, underwent a less invasive intervention because it was already quite suitable for distribution needs.

On this floor, as far as the flooring is concerned, we decided to intervene by restoring the old wooden floor, in a herringbone pattern, through polishing and sanding and restoring it in critical points through precise mapping of the materials.

Specific punctual interventions were carried out with rework and reconstruction of the appropriate strips and new portions of parquet were also created in order to homogenize the texture.

Given the impossibility of creating towers for electrical distribution and LAN, a special furniture was designed, taking advantage of the perimeter walls in such a way as to hide the passage of cables up to the workstations.

A large 20-seat meeting room was located on the top floor, with a central retractable dividing wall with the intention of creating a flexible space. This room is equipped with a divisible and custom-designed table which, with the help of the partition wall, allows the physical and functional doubling of the space thanks also to the double access.

Overall, the intervention took into account all the needs expressed by the client, always respecting the historical value of the building.