Is this the world’s grandest agency office?

If we’re talking impressive bureaus, few will be able to compete with Engel & Völkers’ new 15th century digs on the Corso Vittorio Emanuele in Rome.

Housed inside the century-old Palazzo Sforza Cesarini and featuring an historic vaulted cellar, a hall of mirrors and extraordinary full-ceiling frescoes, the space is described as “reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles”.

Fulfilling a different, non-client-facing role to the firm’s shop fronts, the 1,200 square metre “Market Center” is a short trot from the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain and can house over 300 brokers. Covering the whole metropolitan area of Rome, the agency says the base – designed by Hamberg architect Jessica Klatten – is “one of the most impressive Engel & Völkers offices in the world”. One of.

E&W’s Marco Rognini: “We aim to offer our real estate agents the best possible working environment, allowing them to concentrate fully on their core work.”

This is the ninth Market Center opened by Engel & Völkers to date. Other HQs have already started operations in Barcelona, New York, Bogotá, Vienna, on Malta, in Madrid, Valencia and Dubai.

Mark Seelen

First two images: Engel & Völkers

Third Image: Marc Seelen