The Sky of Rome

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design - Sustainable & Energy Saving
  • Company/Firm
    Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia
  • Lead Designer
    Alfonso Femia
  • Design Team
    Redesco srl - Ariatta Ingegneria - Starching
  • Architect
    Alfonso Femia with 5+1AA (now Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia)
  • Location
    Rome, Italy
  • Project Date
    2016
  • Project Link

The new headquarters of BNL-BNP Paribas is part of a particular context consisting in a layering of infrastructures separated by two important urban areas including the station for high-speed rail leading to the role of an “urban place”. The dialog between the building and the station was a priority. Our goal was to meet the functional needs with a building able to belong to the urban context of the station and to be representative of Rome and its users: a building in relation with the district Pietralata and the Tiburtina Station complex was born.
Before our project, the place was only identified with the infrastructure that divided the city into two parts. We faced a founding choice: make headquarters welcoming 3.300 people a place able to become the head of an urban way. The project is then an answer to a difficult site, it deals with an important dimension with the search for the mise en scène of the Sky and the light of Rome. The building is always different: each hour, each day, each week; it seeks an empathic dialog with people. This is a speaking project that, for the first time in Rome, started a dialog with the founding city’s citizens and the contemporary architecture.

Bio
Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia is, from 2017, the new name of 5+1AA. Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia develops the project themes in an “atelier” gathering 3 places characteristic of the identity of the three cities, Genoa, Milan and Paris, where a multidisciplinay team makes them live like a unique place for project and thought, feeding on the different particularities and experiences of the three cities. The Atelier focuses on the urban regeneration and the construction of important buildings in the main Italian and Mediterranean cities and develops the right to matter thanks to several collaborations.