Clara Caldonazzi — Architect based in Trier, Germany

An Imperial Villa–Museum: The Renaissance of the Domus Aurea

The aim of the project is the construction of a villa-museum, located on the Baths of Titus, which are one of the oldest examples of Roman imperial baths that date back to 80 A.D. The baths were located in an area on the northwest side of the Colosseum, next to the Domus Aurea. It can be assumed that the baths, which were open to the community, were linked to the Colosseum through a staircase. The map of the thermal baths was symmetrical, with a main central part surrounded by several other rooms. The new villa-museum is built directly on the remains of the ancient baths and in the basement, right at the ruins’ level, there are a theatre and an exhibition space. Always in the basement, there is a guesthouse and a thermal area, which are located around two courtyards.
The upper floor is intended for the living area; in the middle there is a meditative pavilion with a reading room, which is built with wooden bearing walls that are created from the intersection of a cube and a sphere, which are overlapping. The last level of the villa is divided into two parts: in the north-exposed one there is the sleeping area, while in the south one there is a large terrace that overlooks the Colosseum. The structure of the villa is characterised by two bearing walls that lean directly on the ruins of the ancient Roman baths. The drawings of the project are presented with a bas-relief model representing the concept of the villa-museum.

DateMarch, 2014