2nd Prize - International Housing Competition 2019
With the highest percentage of homeowners in Italy, and vast number of misused or illegal buildings, the notion of unaffordable and insular housing is unique to this city. While the Palazzina finds itself as the dominant form of Roman urbanization in a post-war Italy - as a mono-functional, closed and detached block, there have been several radical social housing schemes in Corviale, Testaccio, and Garbatella which have challenged this typology. While these were often neglected and located within suburban sites, each presents Roman lessons essential to the creation of a much needed collective affordable housing typology. This project responds to the current ‘Isolato’ housing condition – Italian for urban block and isolated.
The ‘Anti-Isolato’ rejects the creation of large scale social housing projects within marginalized sites, and proposes a series of centralized ‘Anti-Isolati’ [Anti-Isolated Blocks] - as new affordable, collective centralities conceived in the manner of an inverted and open typology.
The interventions are therefore never concentrated in the outskirts as seen in all the case studies. Rather, they are introduced in central locations as new buildings or full refurbishments responding to local residents and the wider community.
Collective spaces - represented in varied shades of gold, are the binding force of each potential centralized site and typology. The private unit is reduced to a new minimum – a 4x4m modular and prefabricated private unit which can be connected and expanded according to individual or family needs. A series of semi-private, and public break-out spaces, enable work, live, and play around a Roman piazza for all to share.
International Housing Competition