In a newly renovated historic building in the heart of Palermo, architects Gianluca Puccio and Andrea Collodoro of PuccioCollodoro created the interior design of the new Pànto – Rooftop Boutique Rooms. The building is located in the city’s historic La Loggia district, not far from Piazza San Domenico and the church of the same name, Palermo’s second most important church, an architectural complex blending different styles, from the medieval to the modern: a perfect symbol of the melting pop of languages, cultures and histories characterising so many Mediterranean cities. La Loggia is home to the colourful, noisy Vucciria market prominent in the history of Palermo. The architects respond to this highly various district, which can be visually and acoustically overbearing at times, with interiors of minimal design, they define as “Mediterranean minimalism of Japanese inspiration”, an invitation to calm and meditation.
The Pànto – Rooftop Boutique Rooms are located on the top floor of a historic building across from the church of Sant’ Andrea degli Amalfitani, in the piazza of the same name, and include five main rooms on two levels with an evocative corner terrace offering spectacular views of the city. The spatial composition of PuccioCollodoro’s project underlines the height of the interiors, creating lofts and double-height spaces wherever possible.
Natural oak woodwork entirely covers the left wall of the entrance, determining the character of the space and integrating the doors leading to two of the rooms and a utility area. On the opposite side, a major contrast of texture and colour is created by a wall covered with Sicilian marble from the Biliemi mountains, leading the observer’s eye toward the entrance to the third room and the internal staircase. The “architectural promenade” continues via this staircase connecting the upper level, containing the common areas of the kitchen and the panoramic terrace.
The three rooms, junior, deluxe and standard, are all different while sharing a number of common elements underlining their shared conceptual matrix. The junior suite is the main room, double-height with an internal staircase integrated into the TV cabinet. The deluxe room features the contrasting textures of a natural oak bed head establishing a continuum with the parquet flooring and the smoked glass volume of the bathroom, with its monolithic marble washbasin. In the standard room, the architects have restored the original atmosphere of the historic building, with little windows offering evocative views over the rooftops of the city to the sea and the old harbour.
The project is governed with painstaking attention to all aspects, from contrasting textures to the geometric purity of the custom-designed elements and furnishings. All this helps create a refined, welcoming, elegant atmosphere underlined by the natural light from the roof.
Images courtesy of PuccioCollodoro Architetti
Project Name: Pànto – Rooftop Boutique Rooms
Location: Piazza Sant’Andrea, Palermo
Architects: PuccioCollodoro Architetti (Gianluca Puccio and Andrea Collodoro)
Size: 130 sqm
Photo credits: PuccioCollodoro Architetti
Construction company: Italedil di Ignazio Stassi