An Immersive Journey through Roman Ruins

Stefano Boeri Architetti

This project for a new entrance to the Domus Aurea and a pedestrian walkway to the Octagonal Room presented an extraordinary occasion for restoring one of the most suggestive examples of Roman architecture to public attention. An opportunity for discovering the layers of history and beauty of hypogeal spaces, thanks to the possibility to admire the vault from the era of Trajan and the presence of structures of thermal baths from other eras. The project is inserted within the ruins, brushing up against them, while remaining wholly autonomous and self-supporting with respect to the existing brick structures. The respect for context drove the designers to dedicate particular attention to the process of construction in such a delicate setting. By combining diverse technical and formal solutions linked to the particularity of the site, this project intends to offer the city of Rome a permanent, new and easy access to one of Italy’s most extraordinary archaeological inheritances.

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