My class of thirty is getting ready to go to Rome Italy for a few months, and as a preparatory project, we have been given the challenge of designing a building on the Piazza Navonna. We're acting as if one of the existing buildings was abducted by aliens, and the void left behind was our site. Personally I think its one of the most difficult problems I will ever encounter. The last architecture built in this piazza was over three hundred years ago. As a class, we have been discussion design issues such as, do we design in a contemporary style, or a traditional, or do we blend in, or stick out... Argh. We are building next to such historic sites designed by Bernini, Michelangelo, Brunileschi. (sp?) I looked at how some of the architects of our time have dealt with such challenges like, I.M. Pei. , and even Gustave Eiffel, and I feel pretty strongly that I would be an imposter to try and design something old. I feel that the Piazza is a time capsule and it is my duty to make my contribution a statement of our times and century, using materials of our day in the most honest and pure fashion. Take a look.
The concrete arch will not be red, I only use that color for distinction. Also please excuse the highschool photoshop efforts. There was a sense of humor behind the derby hats, but it just didnt pull off.