Sede di Roma, our urban design and planning
studio offered an inclined site in Rome – leading from the heart of the
city in Piazza Navona to the Tiber river. Little restrictions were
placed within the program of mixed use space; only to keep the façade of
the existing, de-sanctified church on the site.
re-establishes a connection between Rome and the Tiber; currently
hindered by the Lungotevere, through the a gesture of the bar and
fountains that trace it on ground level. This bar becomes public space
identical to the life of the urban street, yet suspended in the sky.
Here we find a restaurant, gallery, and music/bookstore.
ancient pilgrimages, the building connects Chiesa Nuova to San Filippo
Neri on the ground in exterior pathways slicing through the building.
In the sky, it is connected through bar, leading one toward the Tiber
with views to St. Peter’s Basilica.
The bar is heavily structured
and clad in translucent material to allow nighttime glow. Corten steel
clads the exterior in lace-like screens. Few visible apertures exist
from the exterior, emphasizing the bar and paths along it as public
space. Contrasting the scale of the urban exterior, interior spaces
reflect a more residential scale. Public passages and courtyards are
detailed to provoke the user through light, water, and varying