CORNELL UNIVERSITY DESIGN STUDIO
SPRING 2018 - ROME, ITALY
PROFESSORS - GIORGIO MArtocchia & JENNY SABIN
PROJECT BRIEF - ARCHAEOLOGICAL ARTIFACT EXHIBITION SPACE
This project was conceived through an initial analysis of the Romanesque bell tower typology, specifically looking at the Santa Maria in Cosmedin Church. As the modules of the tower stack, they become increasingly lighter through use of additional arches in the facade, allowing the tower to maximize its vertical growth. Through a series of matrices the module facades were deconstructed by parameterizing and altering the radii and coordinates of the arches, which ultimately led to an exploration of how the tower would function were it to be infinitely tall.
This theoretical analysis became the precedent for the final manifestation of the project: a modular stacking tower used to exhibit the found artifacts in the excavated subway lines, as well as the surrounding ‘artifacts’ of the site. The organization of the openings in the building’s facade were directly in conversation with the surrounding context - The Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Temple of Venus and the current metro stop. Where these external artifacts overlapped with the facade, openings were created to offer views focusing on specific aspects of them; where they did not overlap, the internal artifacts were used as a logic to open arches and create a dialogue between themselves and the surrounding context of the city by juxtaposing the two in the space. The project holds the ability to put the artifacts as well as the viewers on display, creating a dynamic dialogue between the audience, artifacts, building and context.