This project is a continuation of the Masterplan project for Piazza dei Cinquecento, which entails the refinement of the overall site strategy and the design of a museum to house the Torlonia Collection. A contemporary piazza forms the heart of the site and is framed by a series of buildings that provide a sense of enclosure similar to that of Rome’s traditional piazzas. The sequence of the museum exhibition consists of a progression from the bright, public and communal experience of the main space, to the dark and intimate experience of the smaller gallery spaces.
The main space is reminiscent of a being below a tree canopy as one is shaded by the structure and photovoltaic frits. The next section of the museum gradually breaks down in scale to encourage a more intimate interaction with the pieces. The sculptures are isolated and lit from above to provide focus and encourage contemplation. The facade and roof are derived from a fractal a-periodic pattern that allows for a high degree of visual variation with an underlying order of repetitive components at a variety of scales.