Tiber River Museum


The Tiber River Museum was designed for the Pantheon Institute Studio. This project sought to provide a new perspective on the Tiber River. By occupying the space behind the river walls, this project was able to provide new views, better access to the waterfront, and create a modern space without interrupting the historic center of Rome. This idea was extended to create a ‘wall way’ tunnel along the Tiber River behind the flood walls. This would open up a significant amount of much needed building space in the heart of Rome.

Diagram detailing the transition from infrastructure to cultural artifact.

The Ponte Vecchio started out as a bridge, an infrastructural necessity. Later spaces were built on the bridge to create small butcher stalls. This eventually lead to development of the bridge into a cultural artifact. We wanted to apply this development process to the Tiber River Walls.

Transition from Poche Wall to Usable Space.
Created by Alison Robinson.

One week before presenting this project the computer and hard drive containing the digital models of the project suffered a critical failure.  The project was then hand drafted and water colored to best convey the ideas and programmatic elements of the project. The digital images shown are sketch renderings used to get a better feel for the interior spaces during the design process and were salvaged from the Autodesk Cloud. Water colored floor plans were photographed and set on slides with precedent images. These images would describe the quality of space in each labeled area. This method helped us to quickly and effectively share our ideas for the project.

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Team Members: Alison Robinson, Andrew Vargo