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Cornell University Fourth Year Cornell in Rome Fall 2011 Professor D. Marchetti Ruin revisits theproject and Roman site of Giuseppe Terragni's D… Read More
Cornell University Fourth Year Cornell in Rome Fall 2011 Professor D. Marchetti Ruin revisits theproject and Roman site of Giuseppe Terragni's Danteum. Situated in an excavatedsite, Ruin appears as a floating mass articulated from the ground. Inside, onediscovers the true nature of the building, entering a choreographed sequence ofthree courtyards that slowly descend towards the level of the ancient city. The entrance is at street level off Via dei Fori Imperiali into an exteriorreception space, followed by a grand staircase which descends half a level toan enclosed courtyard surrounded by the library. The path terminates at thelevel of the ancient Fori Imperiali, with the archaeological remains of theonce great fountains of the Templum Pacis excavated and standing proudly underthe Roman sun. At this point it becomes clear that Ruin is hinged off of theancient Fori, a modern construction clinging to the past. The interior and program spaces of the project surround the courtyards likemodern Roman housing blocks. Light penetrates the building from the courtyardsand from slits cut into the roof and walls, so that the façade remains a solid wall. The building is masonry with different brick patterns used to distinguish between the cuts on the exterior. This allows Ruin to be read as a single monolithic mass of Roman masonry but also as several buildings of differenttimes joined together like the typical street block of Rome today. Read Less
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Ruin revisits the project and Roman site of Giuseppe Terragni's Danteum. Situated in an excavated site, Ruin appears as a floating mass articulated from the ground. Inside, one discovers the true nature of the building, entering a choreographed sequence of three courtyards that slowly descend towards the level of the ancient city.

The entrance is at street level off Via dei Fori Imperiali into an exterior reception space, followed by a grand staircase which descends half a level to an enclosed courtyard surrounded by the library. The path terminates at the level of the ancient Fori Imperiali, with the archaeological remains of the once great fountains of the Templum Pacis excavated and standing proudly under the Roman sun. At this point it becomes clear that Ruin is hinged off of the ancient Fori, a modern construction clinging to the past.

The interior and program spaces of the project surround the courtyards like modern Roman housing blocks. Light penetrates the building from the courtyards and from slits cut into the roof and walls, so that the façade remains a solid wall. The building is masonry with different brick patterns used to distinguish between the cuts on the exterior. This allows Ruin to be read as a single monolithic mass of Roman masonry but also as several buildings of different times joined together like the typical street block of Rome today.

Cornell University
Fourth Year
Cornell in Rome
Fall 2011
Professor D. Marchetti
Ground Floor Plan
Ancient City Level Plan
Sectional Perspective
Site Plan - Contemporary site
Site Plan - Ancient site