Casa Carlo Alberto: Transformed from B&B to Chic Apartment

Nestled in the heart of Rome’s historic Esquilino district, Casa Carlo Alberto is a captivating renovation project that seamlessly blends old-world charm and modern design. Spearheaded by DHDI | Daniel Hunziker Design Identity, this charming 110-square-metre apartment has been transformed from a former Bed & Breakfast into a sophisticated residential haven. Featuring a striking dialogue between the interior and the iconic Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, this project celebrates the building’s historic architecture while introducing innovative design elements that create a harmonious and inviting living experience.

Spacious living room with wooden beams, plush yellow sofa, and geometric tile flooring.
A modern interior with a yellow sofa, hexagonal floor tiles, and a window with arched trim.
Eclectic mid-century modern living room with custom shelving, tile floors, and cozy seating.
Warm, rustic kitchen with wooden ceiling beams, modern marble countertops, and open shelving.
Minimalist kitchen with wooden drawers, floating shelves, and a farmhouse-style sink.
A modern, rustic kitchen with hexagonal tile flooring, wooden shelves, and a framed artwork.
Large open kitchen with hexagon tile floor, wood beam ceiling, and modern furnishings.
Rustic wood beams, patterned tiled floor, and a desk with potted plants in a cozy room.
Minimalist, modern bedroom with wooden shelving, tiled hexagonal flooring, and a framed artwork.
Modern bedroom with a bold, patterned feature wall and a wooden door frame.
Minimalist bathroom with a large round black mirror, wood vanity, and built-in shelving.
Minimalist bathroom design with blue tiled shower, wood vanity, and recessed lighting.

About Casa Carlo Alberto

In the heart of Rome, nestled near the picturesque Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore, stands the remarkable transformation of Casa Carlo Alberto. Originally a Bed & Breakfast, this 110-square-meter (1,184-square-foot) apartment has been meticulously renovated by the DHDI | Daniel Hunziker Design Identity studio, in collaboration with Maria Adele Savioli.

Restoring Historical Essence with Modern Flair

Situated in the Esquilino district on Via Carlo Alberto, the apartment resides within a building dating back to 1870. The renovation aimed to preserve the original room dimensions and internal structures, such as the exposed wooden ceilings that were previously concealed. By carefully restoring the pre-existing cement tile floors and highlighting the raw, unpainted walls, the design team has seamlessly blended the building’s historic character with contemporary elements.

Bespoke Craftsmanship and Multifunctional Design

Integral to the project’s success is the inclusion of custom-designed, Okumé wood furniture, meticulously crafted by Daniel Hunziker. At the apartment’s entrance, a multifunctional Okumé piece serves as both a wardrobe and a sliding door to the study-guest room, showcasing the designer’s innovative approach.

Enhancing Spatial Awareness and Visual Connections

Through strategic structural modifications to the load-bearing walls, the design team has created a new circularity of the rooms, improving the flow and perspectives. Moreover, a striking window frames the iconic Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, forging a captivating visual dialogue between the interior and the exterior.

Timeless Blend of Vintage and Modern Aesthetics

The project seamlessly integrates vintage furniture and lamps from the 1950s and 1960s with contemporary pieces designed by Daniel Hunziker. This harmonious blend of nostalgia and modernity, including iconic design elements such as the Florence Knoll dining table and Eero Saarinen armchair, transforms the home into a temporal refuge.

Celebrating History, Embracing Innovation

Casa Carlo Alberto represents an ideal balance between preserving the identity of the place and introducing innovative design elements. This project not only celebrates the building’s historic architecture but also enhances it with a modern aesthetic, creating a truly captivating living experience.

Photography by Eller Studio
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- by Matt Watts