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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Beauty Center in Rome, Italy by Arch. Angelo Luigi Tartaglia

January 22nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Arch. Angelo Luigi Tartaglia

It was the will of the Client to make a beauty center with a strong communicative impact, in which the user could immediately receive a message of efficiency, timeliness and sophistication. The container in which we would have to work is within a historic restricted building. The Superintendence has been an obstacle not easily pass. The volume in question is located on the first floor of an extension built in the early decades of the last century, in a noble palace in Rome.

Ground floor reception detail : Image Courtesy ANDREA ZANI

  • Architects: Arch. Angelo Luigi Tartaglia
  • Project: Beauty Center in Rome
  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Software Used: Auto CAD
  • Photographer: ANDREA ZANI

View of the stairway chromatic wall with a waterfall lamp : Image Courtesy ANDREA ZANI

The design idea comes from the schematic drawing of the shape of the eye, organ of vision that more than any other sense connects us to reality in all its diversity. The eye gives us the perception of space and colors that depict him. In a broad sense the concept of Aesthetics led us to formulate, in this regard, a plan that originate by the physiognomy of an eye.

Staircase balustrade detail : Image Courtesy ANDREA ZANI

Physicality, a sense of appearing and show oneself, were topics that have dictated the lines of the composition of the work. Everything in it can refer to anthropomorphic and fluid forms in which the angles forces lash visual rays that frame accentuated perspectives, which provide the viewer diversified and sudden emotional cues.

Reception top view from staircase : Image Courtesy ANDREA ZANI

Almost a kaleidoscope of perceptual and visual emotions create in the viewer a sense of wonder and satisfied admiration at the same time. The triangular volume in which is located the staircase (also triangular), imagine, in the first draft of the project,  the design of the terminal part of the eye where are the bags tear.

Glass logo design detail : Image Courtesy ANDREA ZANI

The intent was to remove the existing staircase and make an elliptical shape, as well as the two small swellings of the lacrimal sacs. Releasing the walls from the shape of the staircase, we wanted to make on the right wall (more than nine meters high), an artistic composition in relief on which water could run the to grazing, and fall to cascade from the top floor, after crossing diagonally throughout the environment, below the walkway of glass.

First floor guest bar : Image Courtesy ANDREA ZANI

This idea was abandoned when the Superintendence has ordered not to touch any existing structure. Hence the idea of changing the balustrade and still treat the main wall of the staircase with an artistic work, surely motivated by our recommendations. This large area has been interpreted as an ironic exhibition record of different textures. The insistence of the Client to get into the center finishing of spotted skins, triggered in me a ironic and mocking reactivity, which led to characterize some very representative finishes animalières.

Hair-dresser zone with waves ceiling. Glass slabs dividing walkway from working area. Armchairs and hair-dresser desks. Backlit glass floor. The cylinders at the bottom are guest bathrooms. LED backlit room numbers. Aluminum frame rooms door. Deltalight light fixtures. Floating floor with Forbo’s vinyl floor finishing. Zumtobel continuous luminous sign : Image Courtesy ANDREA ZANI

The chromatic wall on the right side of the staircase, resulting of dynamic intersection of oblique lines, have been interpreted with games of complementary colors, for bringing out the most aggressive and visual impact. Heaven, earth, sun, animal skins, are proposals to subjective interpretation.

Office separation wall with glass door : Image Courtesy ANDREA ZANI

On the ground floor we find the reception. On the first floor: waiting, administration, hair-dresser, medical treatments, tanning treatments, beauty treatments, color therapy, aromatherapy. The whole structure is realized with Knauf technology positioned on floating floor, so it can eventually be removed without large energy expenditure, leaving  the container intact.

Glass slabs detail with spotted texture : Image Courtesy ANDREA ZANI

Particular attention was given to lighting fixtures, some of which are standard series  while others are custom-made. The guest bathroom is enclosed in three cylinders with custom textures always animalières. The sign of the walkway light, glass thick back-lit, has strengthened by the above continuous luminous sign, placed in the ceiling. Optical fibers and optical luminescence between colored scores, characterize the staircase.

Hair color area : Image Courtesy ANDREA ZANI

Office glass door detail with wooden cabinet : Image Courtesy ANDREA ZANI

Treatment room with color therapy : Image Courtesy ANDREA ZANI

Wc satin glass door : Image Courtesy ANDREA ZANI

Image Courtesy ANDREA ZANI

Image Courtesy Arch. Angelo Luigi Tartaglia : Image Courtesy Arch. Angelo Luigi Tartaglia

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