museum in rome

While I was studying abroad in Rome, I worked with two other classmates to design a small museum with spaces curated for two small, ancient Roman boats. The museum also included a large public park, an artist residence, and educational facilities. The proposal reactivated an old bridge over the Tiber River and created a new connection to the river's edge, while also strengthening the path from the bridge into the dense urban fabric.

This project was designed and completed with Wei Sheng and Buie Fox. Though all team members contributed to design and strategy, Wei completed the renderings, Buie produced the final floor plans and sections, and I coordinated final diagrams and presentation. This strategy played well to our individual skills and interests, ultimately resulting in a strong and comprehensive design proposal. 

The site

The site is adjacent to the river and directly across from a bridge; the site also contains an archaeological dig. The proposal required protection and celebration of the artifacts, while also connecting the bridge and river to the dense urban fabric. 



This diagram illustrates the various activities that can occur on the site throughout the day, as well as visual connections and walking paths between these activities. The diagram intends to demonstrate the energy present on the site and the variety of user groups that can be accommodated with the building proposal. The bottom diagram shows program distribution across the site, as well as the connection to the bridge and the riverfront. 

floor plans

The floor plan is divided into three areas: the museum; a public park and path that folds into an indoor and outdoor auditorium, and a educational space. The public park and path is the most energizing part of the proposal, allowing for occupation throughout the day, a variety of activities, and exposure of the archaelogical dig site. 



This axonometric animation shows the massing development of the programs as well as program distribution on the site. The diagram was used in the presentation as a tool for justifying our design decisions. 

building sections

The first building section illustrates the progression from the bridge down to the dense urban fabric; the path varies from outdoor and public to enclosed and private, and creates a visual connection to the archaeological dig. The second building section illustrates the museum space, lobby area, and public park. 


interior views

The top view shows the entry lobby area, which connects to the public park and an more private courtyard area. The lobby also contains a small, open air and casual gathering space with auditorium style seating, as well as a connection to the 300-seat auditorium that intersects the public park space. The second rendering shows one of the large museum spaces, which overlooks the Tiber River.