Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Motorino Checkpoint in Rome, Italy by JGCH Javier Galindo
August 2nd, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: JGCH Javier Galindo
The Motorino Checkpoint proposal is efficiently rigorous as well as conceptually poetic and playful. It not only reflects the demands of the program but it is also engages in a dialogue with its context and while doing so, hopes to convey the fun and playful aspects of riding a motorino in Rome.
Situated next to Termini Station, adjacent to the great imperial Baths of Diocletian, and caught in between modern and ancient Rome, this small site becomes an opportunity to re-brand the contemporary program of a parking garage with the strategies and effects of antiquity. The contrasting architectural spatial transitions that create a rhythm of different planar configurations aligned on a straight axis which are present in the Roman Bath typology served as the main organization scheme for the project. This allowed the autonomous pairing of the different programmatic parts with the most effective forms for their functions, and produced a sequence of highly efficient volumes: the circular ramp, the parking box and the triangular pavilion.
Four strategies were part of the design. First, the choosing of the grid which is related to the Baths of Diocletian and the ancient city, with the hope to tie the project to this part of the neighborhood which was the source of strategies for the design. Secondly, the organizational scheme used references strategies found in the roman bath typology.The third strategy involved maximum efficiency, using the 45 degree parking layout due to its unsurpassed competence and because of its conceptual resemblance to the roman herringbone brick pattern used in the baths (Opus Spicatum). Lastly it was desired to embed the project with the playfulness connected with riding a motorino and also to display them to the passing city. By producing a sweeping, if somewhat precarious, arrival spiral promenade an urban performance stage is created which capitalizes on the speed and excitement of the motorino. The wall design maximizes the display of the motorinos to the city and becomes a live mosaic of this icon of roman life.
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