Architecture Office


«Architecture is the imaginary margin in which man, nature and society find their balance of relationships.»

«Architecture is the imaginary margin in which man, nature and society find their balance of relationships.»

«Architecture is the imaginary margin in which man, nature and society find their balance of relationships.»

«Architecture is the imaginary margin in which man, nature and society find their balance of relationships.»

Please introduce yourself and your studio…

MARGINE was born in 2012 from an idea of Giulio Ciccarese (Lecce, 86) and Valentina Pontieri (Crotone, 86) and works with architecture, landscape and territorial planning. The office, based in Rome, deals with the complexity of architecture with a constant method: from formal and functional research we reach drawing, from drawing we move to technical and economic feasibility with the aim of achieving the simplest result among the possible ones.


Portrait – Margine

Portrait – Margine

How did you find your way into the field of Architecture?

The only road that we can say "ours" is the one we have already traveled, it’s difficult to imagine where we will go. It’s a road along which we took our travel notes: photographs of landscapes, wrong projects, meetings with people who have opened our minds, looks, sketches, verses. However, we have a compass, which is the passion for what we do, that instinctively guides us.

What are your experiences founding MARGINE and working as a self-employed architect?

The complexity of the subject requires today's professionals to broaden their gaze to all the components that interact with architecture. Being in two is already a good starting point: each with his sensitivity, with his own manias and obsessions, with his own skills and inclinations. Each of our work starts from a drawing, from mixing observations and choices, then the path spontaneously becomes common, it is mediated by technical choices, normative impositions or constructive characteristics, until it becomes matter.

How would you characterize Rome as location for architects? How is the context of this place influencing your work?

Rome is a city as controversial as it is wonderful. We are fortunate to work in a particular urban context, once at border of the ancient city, today became central. However, it retains the character of a place where the Felice Aqueduct and the post-industrial buildings, as well as the residential units of a popular context and the workspaces of artists, creatives and architects coexist. Our work space is inside an old mill recovered in the 90s and transformed into an office. The dynamics that take place in this space, and more generally in the neighborhood, always create opportunities for exchange, comparison and collaboration with other architecture firms, illustrators, web designers and artists.

What does your desk/working space look like?


 Working space

Working space

What is the essence of architecture for you personally?

Architecture is the imaginary margin in which man, nature and society find their balance of relationships.

Your master of architecture?

A Book: Unreadable book “MN1”,  Bruno Munari
A Person: Luis Barragán
A Building: Nordic Pavilion in Venice, Sverre Fehn

How do you communicate / present Architecture?

It depends…

A pencil and a piece of paper are enough between us.
To the client we tell the architecture through the image, trying to leave nothing omitted or neglected.

To those who have to make a work we give details, samples or sometimes even gesture.

To those who are distant, we tell the project through photographs and words, so they can understand the volumes, proportions and atmospheres. 



Nisida is a project for a private client for the renovation of an apartment at the Quadraro, a small district south of the center of Rome, a popular, multiethnic neighborhood, at the same time strongly projected into the future, frequented by young people, artists and creatives.

The client, a young writer and advertising author of Campania, wanted a bright, simple but at the same time stimulating home where he could also work. The state of the places before the intervention presented a classic 1950s dwelling, on the first floor of a typically popular building, to which was added the paving with access, that could only be reached from the bathroom of the house before the intervention. The distribution of the rooms has been realized thanks to a vacuum of natural light, a circumstance that has made the perception of the house dark and oppressive.

The project rethinks and rationalizes the layout to enhance the spaces and improve functionality: the demolition of various partitions has brought greater luminosity and permeability, transforming the planimetry into a versatile open space. Particular attention has been paid to the stairway, which connects the ground floor to the first floor and the terrace. The first ramp, initially perceived as dark, now gets light thanks to two large circular holes, which give the house a personality and create a game of visual connections. The second ramp, which leads to the roof level, was formerly accessible only from the bathroom that today corresponds to the kitchen. Now, thanks to an intermediate landing, the ramp can be accessed from both the living and dining areas. The original small bedroom, located in the center of the building, has been transformed into a service block that includes the two bathrooms, one with direct access from the current bedroom. Separated and distinct from the living area by a corridor equipped with a library, it also houses a walk-in closet and serves as a filter to the bathroom. From a formal point of view, a minimal approach prevails.

The brick wall that forms the backbone of the house has been freed from plaster, and whitewashed; the living room step, which becomes a bench and countertop, is in beton brut; the light oak flooring is designed in accordance with the shelves of the bookcase, the walk-in closet and the furniture components; the light travertine, which covers the two identical and specular bathrooms, matches the sills and the stairs; the floor and the back of the kitchen have a clean geometric pattern in white and blue handmade cement tiles. The project is completed by sober and elegant furnishings, which have been carefully selected according to the taste of Italian living in the ‘50s. 

Website: www.margine.net
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Images © Iosonopipo Feat. Altrospazio
Interview: kntxtr, 03/2019