The elongated shape of the Tiber River embankment suggests the need of extended horizontal volumes, which are proposed as a series of ramps. The building recognizes the lack of accessibility at the site and creates a superior pedestrian connection between the sidewalks, the river embankment, and the manmade wetlands on the river.
The art gallery becomes an essential urban element, endeavored to attract both locals and tourists. The public space maximizes the usable public area by occupying the roof. The horizontal volumes becomes an indoor gallery space that houses the static art exhibitions, including paintings and pictures. The indoor gallery is enclosed by opaque acrylic that allow diffused lighting across the space. Part of the roof becomes a performance space for moving art, such as dance or theater shows. The ramps provide access for wheelchairs and baby carriages.
As it gets closer to the river, the building becomes more open to the landscape and transforms to the walkway surrounded by the wetlands. The resulting structure is respectful to the context and unobtrusive to the landmarks, while reinforcing the outline of the Tiber river embankment.