client:Commune of Rome
brief: 2-stage international competition.two
auditoriums 1000 and 200 capacity respectively.Lobby, offices, restaurants,
rehearsal spaces, utility spaces for musicians.
Underground parking, which is to be connected to the proposed undergound
Eleni Kostika, Petunia Exacoustou, architects
completion:1st stage honorable mention.
is a city struggling with an identity recently switched towards the west.
It is also struggling with war.
The concert hall is
deemed an unnecessary building.
What is needed for a concert is a space rather than a building. The building
volume would be there just to hold a blind space. Parking is an activity
that can benefit from natural light, windows and the views of the site.
The program is flipped upside down. The concert hall is placed undergound,
protected like a bunker, and the parking above ground, open air, and with
360 degree views to the city.
In between the two lies a public park, sloped by the burm created by the
concert hall volume. Visitors
that arrive by car enter through the existing undergound parking network,
drive behind glass through the Lobby, and ascend to the parking. From
the parking, elevators take them down to the glass covered lobby, while
they enjoy views of the city. Visitors that arrive on foot, enter from
the park level, into a sloping glass corridor that takes them to the lobby
The parking structure
emerges as a clearly western typology, much like the coveted Malboro cigarettes
and Coca Cola.
A monument to the
upcoming westernization of Sarajevo.