The design of Confcooper’s new offices involves the restoration of an historical building from the late nineteenth century located in the consolidated fabric of Rome. Over the course of time the original building has undergone numerous changes that have altered the basic plan and the organisation of spaces.
The building has six floors and a total surface area of about 4,000 sqm.
“The Confcooper group is a complex corporate business with multiple identities that cooperate within a common structure; this twofold, unique and specific nature steered the design towards a neutral language, creating a recognisable image for the company, but also meeting the diverse needs of the various different professional realities” explains Alessandro Cambi, partner of It’s.
The design by It’s defines a balance with respect to the different periods that co-exist in the building, creating a dialectic between the original nineteenth century elements and the more contemporary ones. The project constantly deals with two different eras: the historical aspect, retrieved by restoration of its original structure – freed of all the elements that had later compromised that identity – and the contemporary, introduced by means of the construction of new architecture.
Areas of historic walling alternate with thin glass walls and classical materials such as marble are placed alongside new light materials such as reflective aluminium; a vertical green wall highlights the geometry of the stone courtyard.