Rome: Architecture and Cinema
Place: Rome, Italy
The statics of eternal city of Rome and the dynamics of cinema are in the basis of the architectural image of the building. Its facades are made of travertine (stone, which was used in many ancient Roman buildings including the Coliseum) and continue the existing motives of toponymics of the place with its stone retaining walls and differences in relief. At the same time, gaps between the blocks form fragmented and volatile patterns of recollections like those that stay in our memory after watching movies. On the east side, walls of the museum are partially sloped so as not to cast shadow onto windows of a nearby building, and terraces are planned in a way to preserve as much as possible the view from windows of a nearby building. And on the north-west side, a sloped wall makes it possible to saves a tree growing in the corner of the site.
The volume of the designed museum building is formed so as not to disrupt the existing function of the area: landscaped recreation with an observation deck. The green hill rises onto the roof of the museum. It acquires a terraced structure with three public observation decks overlooking excavation sites and the Coliseum and accessible through shallow outdoor stairs not only for visitors to the museum, but also for tourists passing by, and this may make it an additional place of tourist attraction in that part of Rome. There will be trees, benches and cafes on the terraces.