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It is quite relevant to consider the incongruity of our (italian n.d.r) construction laws which can determinate the shape of a building, even before it's designed. seems that it takes away the possibility of a "designing space" from the architects, and the only remaining design matter can be the facade of an already established building. Isn't it enough defining the functions of one object instead of designing its shape, and thus avoiding in commiting incredible cultural nonsense?
This project tries to fulfill this goal with some architectural procedures. The high entrance gate to the garden has two big figures refrring to the ancient city magnificency; the concrete gate, together with the shiny red marble walls are linked to the ground with two volutes, recording Alberti's matrix. There's another aknowledgment in the internal facade, towards the garden; walls are made of bricks, thus it seems they do not belong to the same building with plastered and marble finishings on the street's facade. Instead, the internal walls seem to be part of a pre-existing hexagonal construction including some damaged parts. Here the ambigiuty is: is it new or restored? Or is there only one part which is new? The trick is even more emphasized with the central fountain, with a surrounding lawn with a kind of neo-classical inspired tree scenery.
Another conceptual happening: there is a "window storey" towards the street-facade. In fact, there is a retrogradation of styles, one century of windows, starting from the classical period to the anonymous hole we all do know well today. Here the colour used is an absolute white, whithin the edifice's logics.
The facade towards Primaticcio street has another particularity; a part of the wall seems to be detached as a book page, but not in a common way: it is a reflected image from a mirror (anomorphosis).
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