A Museum of Maps in Rome

This study of the Italian villa and garden applies the traditional type to an urban museum complex. The master plan reflects the angle of the former Temple of Divine Claudius while it acknowledges the existing site conditions and the implemented garden features with its strong axial movements. The villa responds to the Roman vernacular with a modest façade inspired by Villa Farnesina but opens up to grand spaces, including the multi-level viewing platform for the Lanciani map of Rome.

The master plan and gardens were designed at the Notre Dame Global Gateway in Rome. The museum design was completed from home in Cincinnati when the COVID-19 pandemic prevented a safe conclusion to the year-long program abroad.

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