Completing SanBa

Year : 2013-2014

Function: Urban regeneration.

Site location: San Basilio, Roma.

University / Institution : Roma Tre University, Faculty of Architecture.

Nationality: Italian.

City and date of birth: Rome 06/02/1990, Rieti 07/04/1989, Padova 11/01/1989


Tutors: Luca Montuori, Eliana Saracino.

Brief Description of the project:

The fast growth of the city pushed towards the outskirts blocks of cement, fragments, clippings, all before the arise of a new metropolis. The sudden stop of the urban rise left areas of the city orbiting around consolidated areas. The elements always promised to outreach these bits and pieces but, in fact, they were never able to do so.

These are the outskirts areas, drafts of explosion that, irregularly, are waiting to be part of the city itself.

It’s in this components that San Basilio patiently waits to be part of Rome, a future made it more tangible by the arrival of a new subway line. But, as we know through out history, that with the arrival of new infrastructure there are pretentious needs in the name of a spinning economy. New dwellings and offices to finance the subway line are a necessity in San Basilio, an area born at the end of the first World War between the GRA and the Aguzzano park (a fragment of the roman countryside).

The project aims to be an opposition to an already thought out design for the new edification, concentrated right in the middle of the park, arising like a rewritten story of an incomplete system. Without taking more space, the intention is to sature the empty plots and the places abandoned, rethinking and repurposing the basic principles in which San Basilio was developed. The four actions are intended to give tension to the fragmented city, sewing the threads of a lively neighborhood that is yet untangled.

In rethinking the drawing of San Basilio there was an important attention given to the public space, leaving empty the focal points of the area and proposing new ones where they were needed.

With this point of view, four new public buildings were developed. These are distributed in the messy public space, precisely in the only area where the Aguzzano park becomes one with the city and reconnects with the system of the rural roman area.

The four buildings live in a close connection with a system of squares and gardens so that they could become vital places for the neighborhood and also a grant against a useless densification.

It’s in the attempt of understanding a different aspect of the city that the project is born, in the will of perceiving it not as bits or fragments but as a whole network, a network that needs to actually live and grow.









Author: Carol Ciccarelli, Alessandro De Simone, Enrico Perini, Simone Ottaviani.