PISCINA MIRABILIS

The water conservancy project of ancient Rome 2000 years ago strongly promoted the development of the city technically. Nowadays, as one of architectural heritages in ancient Rome, the cistern will become a cultural carrier again, to inject its unique cultural charm into the diversification of urban development.

 

We believe that it should not only be presented to people as a historical relic, but also a node which connects history and contemporary. It will serve as an urban platform, carrying more communication attributes. Based on these, we regard the new building as a connecting path. Proceeding from the structure of the old building, the new building, through transformation of the old one, rises upward and over the ground, thus connecting three different spatial levels. Meanwhile, sunlight, air and rainwater are led into the underground old building.

 

Compared with the solid old building, the new one extends horizontally with a light attitude. The building will be more transparent through glass façade, so that the internal arch structure can be better displayed, while weakening the boundary between indoor and outdoor, and making the whole building more transparent.

 

History, culture and nature overlap here with each other. It turns a new page of cistern and make it more valuable and vigorous.