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MAD's First European Project Wins Planning in Rome

MAD's First European Project Wins Planning in Rome
MAD's First European Project Wins Planning in Rome, View from Street. Image © MAD Architects
View from Street. Image © MAD Architects

Four years after winning a competition to rebuild 71 Via Boncompagni in the heart of Rome, MAD Architects has been awarded approval and will now enter the implementation phase of their first European project. This approval will allow the Chinese practice to transform an incongruous 1970s commercial courtyard building into a 145-unit residential complex that reutilizes the building’s “bookshelf” structure by stripping away its facade and inserting new living quarters, giving it an entirely new look and function.

View from Street. Image © MAD Architects © MAD Architects Interior. Image © MAD Architects Interior. Image © MAD Architects + 19

© MAD Architects
© MAD Architects

“After realigning the existing structural system, the building will contain a ‘bookshelf’ structure,” says MAD. “145 residential units of various sizes and layouts, ranging from studios to urban villas with facades made of custom metal and glass, will be intricately inserted into this 8-level concrete ‘bookshelf’ system. The full height curved glass windows shift and protrude in a controlled choreography between the floor slabs. The ‘voids’ between the glass and the framework will be transformed into gardens and balconies, bringing natural elements and sunlight into the living areas."

Interior. Image © MAD Architects
Interior. Image © MAD Architects
Apartment to Courtyard. Image © MAD Architects
Apartment to Courtyard. Image © MAD Architects

“Residents can see the interior courtyard through a hazy façade made of translucent metallic curtains. The existing modern garden will be transformed into an abstract one with a vast pond at the center that reflects the bordering trees and the sky above. Natural sunlight filters through voids in the pond and the surrounding garden, streaming through to the ramp of the underground garage below.”

Courtyard; Viewing East. Image © MAD Architects
Courtyard; Viewing East. Image © MAD Architects

MAD adds, “Contemporary living in a museum-like city like Rome is often hidden behind its historical facades. Through this adaptive rebuild project, this ‘open’ building will be able to return vitality and urban living to the traditional neighborhood.”

View from Street. Image © MAD Architects
View from Street. Image © MAD Architects
  • Competition

    71 Via Boncompagni
  • Award

    First Prize
  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Boncompagni, 71, 00187 Roma, Italy
  • Directors in Charge

    Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
  • Associate Partner in Charge

    Andrea D’Antrassi
  • Design Team

    Zhao Wei, Achille Tortini, Gustavo van Staveren, Giannantonio Bongiorno, Jei Kim, Elin Thorisdottir
  • Urban Planner

    Studio Busnengo
  • Local Architect

    I.SI. Engineer
  • Structural Engineering

    Tecnic Consulting Engineer S.P.A.
  • General Coordination

    Ing. Sergio Schisani
  • Site Area

    6,268 sqm
  • Building Height

    28.5 m
  • Area

    20000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2017
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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "MAD's First European Project Wins Planning in Rome" 11 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/576750/mad-s-first-european-project-wins-planning-in-rome/> ISSN 0719-8884
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