While studying in Rome, a largely unrecognized building typology, the villino, was explored. Between 1932-34, the Societa Immobilare Tirrena hel… Read More
While studying in Rome, a largely unrecognized building typology, the villino, was explored. Between 1932-34, the Societa Immobilare Tirrena held a competition for the design of a series of villini - small apartment buildings. Severl designs submitted by the Italian architect Adalberto Libera were chosen to be built. The Type A Villino is derived from a rectangular plan rigorously based on a combination of squares. To articulate the building's parallelepiped shape, circular balconies sprout from the corners of the building. The loggia on the south elevation has a wide portal that frames the view of the sea.
The assignment regulated that students must work in a team to study their chosen villino, and propose a one apartment addition. My team chose to create a self-contained cantilevered artist loft addition to the northern facade. This highly transparent addition strives to enliven the rear while maintaining the integrity of Libera's original design. Defined by glass and steel, the space subtly bridges the new construction to the existing building. Read Less