Sep '09 - Feb '12
In between jet setting across Europe, I've been devoting (some) time to my studio's proposed project for Florence, a new Mediatheque located within the walls of the Fortezza da Basso.
From the syllabus, under the guidance of Alberto Francini. //
"The new mediatheque will have to become an asset to the city at large. Both in terms of image and functionality, it will have to become a major forum for the public life of the city. The design will have to respond to the surrounding context in whatever way deemed appropriate by the student, who will have to support his/her own ideas through a strong design rationale. The design of the open space has to be integrated with the design of the mediatheque and will have to appeal and respond to contemporary culture and sensibility.
Lobby / 100 sqmt.
Cafeteria + restaurant /200 sqmt.
Bookshop /200 sqmt.
Exhibition space (multi-use) /200 sqmt.
Restrooms /100 sqmt
Mediatheque /250 sqmt.
Emerotheque (video/music) /150 sqmt.
Library + reading halls /400 sqmt.
Lecture hall /400 seats
2 conference rooms /300 sqmt.
Archives /200 sqmt.
Storage /100 sqmt.
Administration + services /100 sqmt.
Management + production offices /150 sqmt.
Restrooms /100 sqmt.
I presented my project at its (then) current state about 3 1/2 weeks ago to a jury consisting of my studio professors and two architects from MDU architetti. Mid-term reviews before this had always been either a) the last thing I want to do after a week of sleepless final production, or b) a chance to look back and reflect at my massive heap of half-mindless work in hopes of pushing my project forward. This semester took an alternative route, partially because of my struggles this semester, partly because of the typically light work-load here in Italy. Reason 1) I haven't been doing much work. Backbacking across Europe is way more interesting than studio right now. Reason 2) I threw this presentation together without much thought and had a wonderful night of sleep beforehand. Architectural taboo. Kick me out of the club.
That said, the project below is still in its baby stages, arriving only now at a concept model and general direction to where I want to take it (and in the last 3 1/2 weeks still hasn't pushed much further). If you feel inclined, visit my Flickr set for more detailed explanations and to view the presentation at a higher resolution.
In the end though, the project has been well received. The only disappointment I have with that is many times reviewers at juries are more apt to criticize and put down students than become creatively involved in the intention of the project and leave one (me) without any input. So, input is encouraged.