VIA GIULIA, 2009
During Mussolini’s leadership, this prominent site facing the Tiber River was cleared for a project that never came. Our studio team proposed an International Students’ Campus to fill the gap along the Baroque Via Giulia, which leads to the Vatican. Our proposal built upon the medieval foundations existing on site, creating the interesting challenge of adapting our program to a predetermined grid.
Individually, I designed the northwestern block. It contains ground-level shops, student functions, and a variety of student apartment types. The façade’s proportions and ornament are based on the Roman Temple of Bacchus in Baalbek, Lebanon.