Roma – 2022
Roma – 2022
From the the curved walls of via del Quirinale articulated by Borromini and Bernini.
Construction of a multifunctional building and a system of greenery and public spaces in the area of the MAXXI National Museum of Arts. We were inspired by the relationship between the ecstasy staged by sculpture with the curved walls of via del Quirinale articulated by Borromini and Bernini himself. The walls with the tension of their thickness, generated by opposing forces that advance and retreat, help to keep the secret. Which is revealed as we experience the space. And it is precisely from the desire to welcome and expand that the idea of a curved brick wall took shape.
A vertical red ribbon, rooted in the ground that generates an open public space and, at the same time, invites you to enter the new building, suspended between the logic of the plan and the volume, which holds secrets, i.e. the metabolic places of its functioning (archives, laboratories, deposits, classrooms) and which are made visible and made available to its users. In short, an intervention that has its own formal characterization and for this very reason does not give up on fascinating by proposing itself in a different way in terms of form and dynamism, from Hadid’s intervention.
Green, Blue, White
If the goal of the project is to generate continuity – we thought – then a second green cloth must contribute to this, a green line. The green line extends ideally up to the roof of the new building, from which you can observe the whole area and enjoy the view of the Hadid museum. This line, inside and outside the new building, is joined by a water line. It is the third drape. The white line, which draws underground and relates to the curved red ribbon. Inside the building, the white line is illuminated by the light of the sky thanks to a cannon lumiere.