The Old, The New and The Grotesque
Site location: Via Cesare de Lollis, Lazio, Rome
Institution: Victoria University of Wellington
Brief description of the project: Focusing on the intent to examine the historic grid morphology of Rome and to produce from it an unexpected experience and emblem for the city. The historic grid layout of Historic Rome captures pedestrians in a labyrinth of hard edged buildings with solid facades until the reach courtyards or large public space which are immersed in light. This project looks at focusing on the properties edge and courtyard spaces.
A series of initial studies were made to extract lines that make up of the courtyard contours. These existing contours of the city are broken apart, redrawn and fused together to produce are imagined shape for the building. A figure ground study of the city revealed how light is capitalized on through inner
courtyards and how the buildings have a strong presence along the street and property edge.
By looking at the ontology of these arrangements these objects have begun to be broken down and built back up and applied to site to create a new spatial experiences based on different conditions around context, Environmental controls look at creating a kinetic facade which breathes with the a climate temperature changes to stimulate and regulate the internal temperature of the building to keep it well ventilated.
Taking influences from Graham Harman, Adam Fure and Arci-gram the project takes on a unique aesthetic where moments of complexity are created through the interior disconnecting from the overall form and reconnecting with each interior pod, where an individual is immersed in moments of light, confusion and disorientation through the rooms to room, platform to platform and top to bottom. The tower creates a moment of familiarity.
Nationality: New Zealand Maori
City and date of birth: Wellington 22/09/1993
Tutors: Valentina Soana
Author: Dominic Trewavas