Render by Ross McClellan.

Large public spaces are pivotal to a community, as well as, smaller spaces to gather and meditate. The Roman Road, clad in Travertine, proceeds through the housing structures, folding down through the gardens making its way to the cyclical promenade. Below the road, an integrated aqueduct system provides water from the river to the garden plots and the baths.

Ground articulation is crucial in creating a public space for the small portion of people living in the community and the visiting crowds to utilize for festivals, exhibitions, fairs, water-sport competitions, and other public events. The housing forms are arranged to form the edge of the cyclical and public road, improving the bond between a close knit community and visitors.

Conceptual sketches on left by Leslie Wheeler and Photoshop on site plan by Alejandra Lopez.

Designing for a community living on and off site, we researched the architectural tools and public spaces of ancient Rome to understand the layers of public space necessary for the success of the eternal city.

A contemporary tool that is incorporated is the community garden that acts as a pavilion for a public market for products from the garden. A main goal was accomplished by satisfying individual needs and communal needs. Also, residents and guests can take advantage of the spa amenities below grade for a more private, physical and psychological break from activity. 

Renders on left by Alejandra Lopez and renders on right by Ross McClellan.

Taking advantage of the natural elements of the site, water is harvested from the rain in the North Housing and provides drinking water in a basin near the ground-level restaurant. River water is diverted into an aqueduct system that filters into the public baths. When the river floods, it overwhelms the ground level and washes out the underground levels, making the community realize the cycles of the river and also the ever-changing cycles of their lives. From visiting Peter Zumthor's Thermal Vals, water can be capsulated in different spaces to create different atmospheres. 

Renders by Ross McClellen and Photoshop by Leslie Wheeler.

Ritualistic spaces are equally necessary for a healthy community. The Memorial Well, located in the center of the Roman Road, incorporates many open and enclosed spaces to hold spiritual meetings and to meditate. This intervention relieves the human need for psychological health through transcendence. 

All renders by Timm Schoenborn. Photoshop on top right render by Leslie Wheeler.

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