Michelangelo Dorata: “It’s very fascinating to create environments in which people will live”
Michelangelo Dorata (Rome 1988) is an Italian architect also specialized in interior design. He graduated from the University of Architecture of Rome La Sapienza in “Sciences of Architecture and the City” and “Architecture Restoration”.
Since 2015, he has shared an architectural design studio in Rome with his father, Stefano Dorata. From him and his grandfather, both architects, he inherited his passion for this profession.
Since the beginning of his professional career, Michelangelo Dorata has worked in several interior architecture projects that have been published in specialized magazines. His work is characterized by the union of minimalism, rationalism and classic style, always following the rules of order, pure forms and symmetry.
In this 10-questions-interview he explains to Decommunity his vision for his greatest passion and we will be able to get to know him a little bit more through his work.
Why did you choose to study architecture?
My father is an architect, my grandfather was an architecture professor, so I’ve heard about architecture since I was a child! They passed on to me the passion for architecture, what today is my profession and a very important part of my life.
What are your architectural references?
Classical architecture, rationalism and minimalism.
What does architecture mean to you?
Architecture is my greatest passion. For me, it’s very fascinating to create environments in which people will live. Places where, later on, people build their most beautiful memories.
And how would you describe your work so far?
When I’m designing, the first thing that I take into account is in what type of building is the apartment. Also, I always look for a rigorous distribution order and the use of pure forms. Last but not least, I really like white plaster and natural materials such as stone, marble and wood.
If you only could use 3 words to describe your work, which would they be?
Order, symmetry, pure forms.
A quote that fits Michelangelo Dorata about architecture
“More with less” by Alberto Campo Baeza, paraphrasing Mies van der Rohe.
In what kind of projects do you feel more comfortable?
I really enjoy all types. Throughout my career, I’ve made apartments and villas so far; but I also collaborated with my father in the construction of a boutique hotel in Tel Aviv and a restaurant in Rome.
Which is your dream project?
There are two houses I dream of designing: an apartment overlooking the Roman Forum and a villa on the beach.
As an architect lover, tell us:
- Your top architect: Alberto Campo Baeza.
- Your favorite film about architecture: “My Architect” by Nathaniel Kahn.
- A city every architect lover must visit: Rome, of course!
Which projects of your career would you highlight?
If I have to choose, I would opt for these three: two apartments in Rome and a country house in Tuscany. All of them perfectly represent the way I understand architecture and interior design and I’m really proud of them.
The apartment in Savoia Street stands out for its character and personality. It has a seductive balance of interesting interior solutions that include Italian design objects of the ’50s, French-made tables, curtains made of Egyptian linen.
The second one, a renovation project at Villa Glori, is a place where the ethereal sense predominates and, even though it’s in the center of Rome, it dialogues with nature.
Finally, the country house in Tuscany it’s one of the favorite projects I’ve worked on. For me, it was very important to keep the charm of this classic Tuscany farmhouse where the stone walls, white walls, wooden beams on the ceilings and terracotta floors are the essential features of local architecture. Keeping all these features and giving it a more modern touch was a challenge, but the result was very satisfactory.