“Instead of letting his imagination work with structural forms, with the solids of a building, the architect can work with the empty space - the cavity- between the solids, and consider the forming of that space as the real meaning of architecture.” S. E. Rasmussen
Our proposal rises from the idea of a full regeneration of the site in order to regain the scale of the neighbourhood while developing a new public space which unifies the ensemble defined by our intervention, the urban axis and the MAXXI museum.
We were firstly concerned by the direction that orders our project, as it would unquestionably affect the identity and functioning of the surroundings. Taking into account what it was historically built in this spot, the environment and, specially, our will to enhance the cultural axis (Via Guido Reni) that acts as a hinge between MAXXI museum and our intervention, we opted by a longitudinal urban arrangement. Thus, we completed the urban landscape with a geometrical frame that gave shape to the volume of several “traditional blocks” and secondary streets.
However, we were looking for a richer solution; a project that could response to a new way of living. We pursue the possibility to renew housing with small quarters where a moderate decrease in density of housing was accompanied by a unified conception of street space, with gardens and small patios facing the homes.
The key to combine both approaches was to break and atomize the traditional linear blocks generating a continuous habitable first floor, bringing light in to every house and making possible a more domestic way of inhabiting a city. Moreover, a new transversal public and green avenue connects both museums becoming a cultural agent of change and finally fulfilling our wishes of giving an appropriate answer to all scales acting in this operation.
Last but not least, the habitable first floors of each “block” that work as ground floor for the housing, are sued by pedestrian bridges extending its use and making possible more organized flows and itineraries