The Public House

The village of Idroscalo, located where the Tiber River meets the Mediterranean Sea, faces internal and external political and economic pressures that threaten its very existence. Externally the Italian government demolished 25% of this neighborhood by declaring it unsafe, while internally neighbors don’t trust each other enough to form a coalition. The only way to prevent the total destruction of this community is through an architectural stance of larger public zones forced into the city, while still providing moments of privacy through the mass public areas. This obstruction of the privatized Idroscalo with public zones will push the residence to collaborate and manage the public zones. This change allows for a new commercial program to influence the future of Idroscalo and shift the external government and communal views on this current slum by improving the living conditions and economical status of the entire community as a new vacation spot 26kms from Rome.


To achieve this future, Idroscalo is pushed through a series of steps that not only shape the future, but chronographically examine, revise, and design the methodologies that provides an architectural solution to the previously stated internal and external conflicts. The site is surrounded by a breakwater that currently blocks access to the water. These conflicts and projections are mapped through the site to and from the break wall and existing urban fabric which then generates the formal and organizational strategies The Public House is grounded on. The projected chronographic events and site conditions, create moments for the beach house to exist and connect to the surrounding context through a boardwalk which cuts through the site. The Public house features moments that cut through the wall to open up the beach to the water, and creating several grottos under the boardwalk, and provides retail spaces run by current residences. “This, in short, is the story of Idroscalo: always on the verge of becoming legitimate and always on the verge of being destroyed”  (Ferro Trabalzi Learning from Rome’s Periphery). The problem is simply a community in threat of extinction from internal and external political and economical view points, which can be solved through this process of introducing an architectural solution that supports the improved living conditions for the current and future community.

Design Studio: Sumer Rome Studio

Instructor: Dr. Paulette Singley

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