Open House Rome 2016

On May 7th and 8th, the cultural association Open City Rome will present the fourth edition of Open House Rome, which will celebrate the architecture and design of the city of Rome.

For one weekend, the city that is world-renowned for its marvellous monuments, churches and restored ruins, will invite the public to explore its best architectural works with a particular focus on contemporary design.

Open House Rome 2016 will showcase 150 sites in seven main areas of the city:

  • the Historical Centre;
  • the Parioli and Flaminio neighborhoods, where the new Zaha Hadid museum MAXXI is located;
  • the Nomentano-Pietralata area, where a major reshaping of the urban landscape is currently ongoing, a great example is the MACRO museum with the restoration of the old block of the Peroni brewery designed by the french architect Odile Decq;
  • the Esquilino-San Lorenzo, multiethnic and dynamic area;
  • the Appio-San Giovanni, where archeological sites and new buildings are mixed together;
  • the EUR-Corviale district, home to some of the best 20th century buildings;
  • Monteverde-Ostiense, one of the most active area in term of maker spaces, night life and contemporary infill.

Open House Rome is based on the Open House concept of showcasing outstanding architecture for all to experience, completely for free: free access for all is granted, with talks, tours, special events and experts at the buildings!

If you’re a fashion addict, be sure not to miss these amazing appointments!

Accademia di Costume e di Moda

In the Academy workshop visitors will be shown the creative activities that take place within it, and that for over 50 years have been a reference point for future creators of costumes in film, theatre and fashion.

Where: Via della Rondinella 2
Opening hours: Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00
Access mode: order of arrival

Antica Manifattura Cappelli

The history of the oldest Roman hats laboratory, began in 1936 with the Cirri family, who were already operating in Tuscany, and continues in 2003, thanks to the passion and tenacity of Patrizia Fabri, who renamed it the “Antica Manifattura Cappelli” (“Old Hat Factory”). Today, the old knowledge acquired over centuries by milliners and hatters revives in the laboratory and still operates through the same ancient methods. Visitors to Open House Roma will see the demonstration of the birth and development of a hat.

Where: Via degli Scipioni 46
Opening hours: Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00, Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00
Access mode: order of arrival


Atelier Luigi Borbone

The Atelier Luigi Borbone is located in a building designed in 1930 by Vittorio Morpurgo Ballio following the demolition of the Fascist era who have isolated the Mausoleum of Emperor Augustus. The creations of Luigi Borbone, architect and designer, transmute from simple geometric shapes. The minimalist and architectural silhouettes, smooth, stable and intriguing expand through functional details that make his creations eclectic and rich.

Where: Piazza Augusto Imperatore 3
Opening hours: Saturday from 14:00 to 20:00, Sunday from 14:00 to 20:00
Access mode: order of arrival

More details on the event can be found at Open House Roma