Piscina mirabilis; reuse Italy

Walking through Roman reservoir parallel walls supported on columns and pierced by arches defines an equal dimension space, the directionality of the arched walls operates in counterpoint to the framed vistas across the grain of the space. Complex parallax effects are generated as the viewer moves throughout the field of pillars. As you move you can feel this repetitive sequence of looking like perspective, non-directional space like a serial order of one thing after another. Peering down from above, investigating from below the result is that the one structure that stood at right angles to the horizon was destroyed.

The idea of project is that how we can set different rules in this grid of pillars, somehow folding this homogeneous space into itself, so we tried to change angle of grid oriented to the span of arches. Selecting surfaces and cutting into each other we created passage through this place that obtains from the pattern of new grid. Unfixing the viewer from a stable position, Viewer now detached from a body and projected into a kinetic relationship to the work.

First step: extracting grid of structure
Second step: disturbing grid by giving angle
Third step: cutting walls through the new pattern
Fourth step: paths and walls

We designed labyrinth out of Piscina Mirabilis using potential in gird of pillars that have created dense space. 1-meter gap between floor and walls indicate to viewers palimpsest of water in this place, edges of walls that come out of roof with different angle also shows the refraction of light when hits the surface of water. Suggested material for walls is white color as Cesar Augustus said “/ found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.”

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Mohammad Hossein Mosadegh

Mohammad Hossein Mosadegh

Architecture student in TU Wien (Vienne university of technology )

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