We envision the new Museum of Science in Rome as a constantly evolving laboratory of ideas that invites the community and visitors to participate and experience science, architecture and nature at the same time. The opportunity to return to the city of Rome the land previously occupied by the Military establishments guided our creative process.
Conceptually we therefore imagined lifting the existing building off the ground. The new Museum of Science levitates above the city, freeing the ground, thus restoring urban space to the citizens: the reconquered urban space becomes an open air foyer, a covered plaza that generates social interaction and exchange, welcoming visitors of all ages in an open and inviting environment for meeting, learning and playing, all in the shadow of Science.
The suspended Museum and the city below communicate through a transparent, porous volume that receives the auditorium, the exhibitions on demand, the research and the studies, all visually and spatially connected by a large glazed atrium where a generous ramp invites the visitors to explore the different spaces of the museum while remaining connected to the urban context.
A public theater enables free daily screenings and a large helical ramp guarantees a direct connection to the roof above the exhibition space where the city gains again: a vast garden welcomes visitors offering them a new suspended garden with panoramic views of the surrounding city.
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