In Collaboration with: Julia Ocejo
Completed in: Syracuse Architecture Florence, Design Studio Fall 2019
Faculty Instructor: David Shanks
Project Brief: “Through walls” is a project set in the Le Murate Complex in Florence, Italy. It explores the relationship between an existing prison complex, the walls from which it was constructed, and the potential for new spaces to derive from the wall. The design approach was not to entirely erase the historical footprint of the existing prison, but rather to repurpose the spatial infrastructure already established and breathe into it new life. A new library for the University of Florence’s School of Architecture was the program for this proposal, separating the site into various zones of use depending on levels of privacy. Through a process of typological studies, a series of wall relationships was created and then used to design each program. Whenever possible, the existing wall structure and established architectural language was used.