The Gasometer of the Ostiense District: A Jewel of Industrial Archeology in Rome

The Gasometer of the Ostiense District: A Jewel of Industrial Archeology in Rome
21/04/2017 coro-usr

The Gasometer of the Ostiense District: A Jewel of Industrial Archeology in Rome

Why we celebrate the birthday of Rome with the gasholder

Today on April 25th, we are celebrating the birthday of someone special, Rome, with something special: few words on some unusual glimpse of this city. 

Namely: the industrial archeology monuments around the Ostiense district, which inspired our jewels.

Why are we celebrating Rome today, we were saying.

Legend has it that Romulus found our eternal and beloved city on April 21th 753 b.C.

Rome has a special meaning to us, as most of you are already aware.

It’s the city where:

  • We meet during high school. Right between Piazza Venezia and the Pantheon square.
  • We start our business and registered our trademark. The Monti district, a charming area nearby the Coliseum, is where we open our first design studio.
  • We establish our first flagship store. Entirely designed by us using the suggestive color palette of Capri blue and gold and industrial materials, this two floors atelier boutique lays between Ara Pacis and Piazza Navona.
Archeologia Industriale a Ostiense | © Camilla Colavolpe

Archeologia Industriale a Ostiense | © Camilla Colavolpe

For these (and so many other) reasons, we decided to celebrate this special day our way: with a blog post enlightening an unusual cultural glimpse of this city, whose history and cultural heritage has been a never ending source of inspiration for our jewels.

Rendez-vous in the Ostiense district, then, where its three gasometers boldly break the Roman cupola dotted skyline with an unexpected twist.

  • A former industrial and commercial area from the early 1900’s onwards.
  • A museum en plein air with all its colorful street art in the most unexpected place.
  • A perfect movie set for Pasolini’s “Accattone” e Ozpetek’s movie “Le Fate Ignoranti”.
  • An actual high concentration of industrial archeology artifacts.

All of this (and much more) is Ostiense district all about.

Gasometro | Sistema Archivistico Nazionale

Gasometro | Sistema Archivistico Nazionale

 

But what is “Industrial Archeology”, exactly?

Long story short, it’s all kind of industrial things and places which once got a value for their function.

Now all these are seen with an intrinsic cultural value, often seen with a twist of nostalgia and romanticism.

As a multidisciplinary branch, it involves archeology, technology, architecture.
This multidisciplinary side is very much appealing to us: in fact, we apply the same approach towards our jewels creation process.

Industrial Archeology” is an entire jewelry collection inspired by cranes, by the severe shapes of power plants.

And our first collection items have been inspired by the stunning gas holder in the very Ostiense district.

The rings and the earrings follow its actual proportions by reproducing its structure in detail:

Gasometer Gold Cuff & the Gasometer of Rome | Courtesy of Co.Ro. JewelsGasometer Gold Cuff & the Gasometer of Rome | Courtesy of Co.Ro. Jewels

How?

By combining the inspiration we gather from architecture in its broader term with the employment of both traditional handcraft techniques and innovative ones (such as the 3D printing) to craft the most evocative jewels possible.

But there is more about industrial archeology around the Ostiense district to be explored!

Here’s our top suggestions!

  • Start ideally from via del Commercio 9/11 (Metro B Piramide) and enjoy the view!
  •  You’ll find three gasometers
  • The Ponte dell’Industria (known as the ‘Iron Bridge‘) and the Ponte della Scienza
  • The  Centrale Termoelettrica Montemartini, a former power plant now reconverted to a museum with classical artifacts to enjoy a stunning clash between industrial/classic!
  • Ex Mira Lanza, a now disbanded factory which hosts some beautiful street art examples.

Wait for our next blogpost!



by Camilla Colavolpe

Bibliography

Testaccio. Da quartiere operaio a Village della capitale” , Irene Ranaldi, Franco Angeli Editore

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