We are in 1453 in the context of Urbino, when Piero della Francesca “petrified” the exact application of the prospective rule. In only 58,4×81,5 cm you can recognize the characteristics of Renaissance architectural culture.
But how can you reinterpret them today? Renaissance was first of all measure, proportions, order and research of beauty. This idea started from the human, center of the humanism studio, during XV sec.

Anyone who goes into the Spedale degli Innocenti, or in the court of Santa Maria Novella, or along the lodge of the Uffizi, can feel a harmony with these buildings. The proportions of spaces remain today, as then, in relation to our human measures. Largo Pietro Annigoni, is a place to the boundary of the center of Florence, among the Renaissance magnificences and the most suburb area. As a knot can become a diaphragm in the city, switch between the old market of Sant’Ambrogio, the Department of Architecture, the State Archives and the Murate. This place has the vocation to become a semi-public space, a square with a order and function.

Three common themes were identified: the portico as an urban connector; the courts, as a system of relationship between the parties; and the almost labyrinthic sequence of rooms. The project, through a “continuous portico”, wants to re-measure the space. Recapturing the “ideal” proportions of the cubic spell of the Spedale degli Innocenti, dimension of 5.5 m, and reiterating this module, a filter space is created.

This is to be a free space, so flexible in its ability to exchange services, like rigid and peremptory into impose a measure. A public space, empty but built, which allows the surrounding services to the Largo to live there. Similary to one of the few ideals achievements of the Renaissance, Piazza Pio II at Pienza, the system imposes a rule that on the edges accepts and adhere to the irregularities of the square. The building on the ground floor has no edges, its only walls are the historic ones of the city, which close it and give it a limit. Points, columns, cruise lines that collaborate to create a “hymn to the prospect”.

architect . vacuum
location . florence, italy
client . start for talents
status . architecture competition (2016)