The Edge: Inhabiting the River

Rome, Italy

Historically, the Tiber river has had a significant relationship to the city of Rome. Due to heavy flooding, the city gradually loses its interaction with the river as the inclusion of high embankments aim to offset erosion. The proposal for this project seeks to counteract the distancing correspondence with a public piazza, cafe and gallery. Entering the site and buildings from street level, you are encouraged to progress down to the river as you continually rediscover it through openings in the built landscape.
As the water levels periodically rise and fall, the experience changes due to accessibility and the interruption of water within the site. With the pushing and pulling of the embankment, reflective of the erosive history, the site approaches the river with a relationship that is responsive and maintains an exchange of dialogue between the two.