The Quartiere Salario is a historic district in Rome brimming with art galleries, concert halls, and parks. Found in the district was a 1950s house with a cramped layout (the typical long-hallway-connecting-a-series-of-small-rooms deal). So Italian architectural studio Strato set out to open up and modernize the space. The studio demolished interior walls and switched out narrow windows for larger ones, allowing for views upon views of the Villa Ada park across the street.
The designers felt that leaving the "story of the house" was essential to respecting the 2,500-square-foot space's original design, so some features, such as the exposed beams and pillars, remain. But among the most transformative changes in the three-bedroom, four-bathroom house is a stunning custom-made staircase that was added, which connects the master bedroom to the shared spaces on the lower floor.
Read on to learn more about how the authentic midcentury space was transformed into a lighter, brighter home without losing its charm.
Today, the airy living room has a striking painted wood staircase as its pièce de résistance.
Parquet wood floors are topped with a diamond-pattern traditional Indonesian rug. Its deep red tones mimic the painted trim on the room's glass partition.