Project Summary

The container marks the territory where architecture and ecology (also social) intersect. The temporary museum is made up of 21 units (40 feet long) some horizontal others vertical, in order to facilitate the sun and zenithal light working together in the architecture. In front of the Roman amphitheater in Carthage, AIR designed an exhibition space for contemporary art intended to host a traveling exhibition of 22 artists. Against the background of the minaret of the El-Abidine mosque, the metal building is a museographical path and dialogue with its urban context.

The itinerary, the ups and downs, the internal external relationship, the stairs, the volumetric composition of the elements simultaneously describes a very precise exhibition itinerary. The first core of the building is spread over three levels of containers joined together and superimposed with a rotation between them of 90 degrees. This assembly makes possible a complex spatial form made up of double heights and stairs inside, the exterior is characterized by generous overhangs that make you appreciate the sculptural volumetry of the architectural object, giving a feeling of lightness and precariousness.

The aim is the composition of the whole and the engineering together, the modularization of the complex, which makes it an example to be re-proposed in other urban or suburban environments. Another element worthy of attention are the terraces created wherever it has become possible thus increasing the environmental relationship of the work with its surroundings, with the landscape and with the monuments facing it, today the Carthaginian views tomorrow other cities and metropolises.

Project Info

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    750 m²
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  • Team
    Nicola Cabiati, Maya Ben Ammar, Andrea Giovinazzi
    Prof. Francesco Proto Oxford Brookes University