Rome Contemporary Chapel Pro Competition
1st Prize Ex Aequo| THREE YOUNG ARCHITECTS UNDER 30
THE PRESENCE OF THE PAST
This is a polemical response to the questions raised by Rome’s present condition, an ideological critique towards the general perception of the past in the “eternal city”. Rejecting a view of the past as a crystalizing element, we believe that it is precisely within it that the clues which enable our thinking of the future image of the city lie.
In the spirit of the “Instauratio Urbis”, our proposal is conceived as a re-evaluation of Rome’s cultural legacy: like in Piranesi’s work, we are exploring the possibility of manifesting, through our building, the underlying qualities that make the essence of a timeless Roman artefact.
We believe that a contemporary sacred building in the Campo Marzio, historically known as a chaotic agglomeration of large architectural objects, has to imply a certain use of scale, mass and physicality in order to successfully establish itself as a new architectural actor in this historically charged screenplay.
We therefore think that a “small pavilion”, as required by the brief, would not be able to solve the challenges represented by this specific site and would be inadequate if related to the architectural presence which comes to mind when considering sacred architecture in Rome.