New pedestrian access to Pronaos of the Church of the Abbey of Casamari
Design of open spaces in a historical and archaeological (2003-06)
CROSSINGS IN TIME: NEW STEPS AND VISUAL
The new walkway, which offers visitors the Abbey of Casamari, is developed through a separate path to two different units connected together by a mechanical lift that moves in a fully transparent compartment above ground.
The project involves the organization of the new path horizontally and vertically according to the geometry historic stairway-porch-church; the constituent part of the new entrance to the cemetery will retain its orthogonal geometry but rotated with respect to that of the staircase.
The spaces that follow, as an alternative to the steps of the church, which is expected to consolidate the sottofon-do and the overall restoration, create, to rise from the bottom up, new prospects and perspective views that huddle and spread and hold together small and large: the new location does not change the visual preference on the front of the staircase and its historical landscape, but introduces significant changes within the cemetery, which includes a new entrance, and the scale side to Pronaos that it is cropped with the inclusion of a new roof garden.
During the course of the excavations in progress, they have come to light finds of Cereate Marianae, Roman city of Gaius Marius, and fragments lined the bulkhead of the medieval staircase.
Preservation and usability of the new discoveries have resulted in a draft variant contemplating a short pedestrian path uphill, through a transparent glass to overcome, making it visible, the new share historical and archaeological, and a cut of the masonry structure under the current staircase to highlight the structure of the original staircase.