programme: city visions
location: Rome, Italy
client: Ordine degli Architetti Roma, Fondazione Catel
status: competition, finalist project
Bikes-tower, seeds in town
The inspiration for this project came while strolling among the new market stalls. Stalls fully loaded with different kinds of vegetables, seeds and colourful spices, the Esquilino neighbourhood as a place of rebirth, a place where to set the foundations for a future project. This concept led us to use the seed as a symbol representing the life-generating element, from which new forms of life arise. Within the trapezium-shaped area which outlines the boundaries of the neighbourhood, four elements were detected as the 4 cardinal points, these being the San Giovanni and the Santa Maria Maggiore basilicas, plus Porta Maggiore and the Termini Station railway hub. In the center of this shape the fifth element, Vittorio Emanuele square. These five elements have been transformed into 5 seeds, 5 totems building a network all around. The project traces a new way to live and experience the metropolis: a network of bicycle paths and pedestrian crossings draw the city presenting it as a human scale horizon. Our intention is to make the Esquilino a new model of how to live and interact in a neighbourhood. The seed is a metaphor of a light tower with a circular floor plan. From each network point, a tower stands as a seed within the neighbourhood.
This conceptual metaphor finds its realization in the Rome contemporary architecture, still so attached to its own roots: the Temple of Minerva Medica central plan, the one of the Roman Aquarium, the Termini Station Mazzoniana Tower.
The towers are thin structures, made of transparent glass coated steel, which let the inner functions and objects to be seen, not breaking their strong link with the city.
The functions are always different, with only one being repeated in each tower: along its entire perimeter, on the inside and on various levels, there are radially oriented, small areas for bicycle parking purposes. Particular attention has been paid to Porta Maggiore square, a vital nerve centre full of life and tension.
Here’s the fifth tower, the largest of the entire project, with a 20 meters long diameter: along the perimeter and the entire height bike storage/parking areas are radially displaced, on the ground floor a large hall, dominated by the spiral ramp to connect the upper levels.
Here you find a small healthcare point and a cycle repair shop, while on the top level there’s a bar with a view on the outside walls, along the perspective stretching from the Temple of Minerva Medica to the Termini Station.
An underground car park is to be built in Porta Maggiore square, expecting that having fewer cars around will result as a more livable environment.
The Trait D’Union among the 5 towers is set to be the cycling connection path.
The bike path running along the tram tracks and the railway is protected by a transparent screen, with sensors managing the lighting as bicycles and pedestrians pass by.
The entire path is provided with lighting, artfully and specifically designed for the redevelopment operation.
The lighting seeds germinate and spread out the change.
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