Villa Maraini

Villa Maraini Roma2012

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Com­pe­ti­tion entry for the con­ver­sion of the Swiss Insti­tute (an Artist in Res­i­dence Com­plex) in the Vil­la Marai­ni; work of the Swiss archi­tect Otto Marai­ni, broth­er of Emilio Marai­ni, a for­tuned indus­tri­al­ist from Lugano, known for hav­ing intro­duced with great suc­cess in Italy the pro­duc­tion of sug­ar from beet. The vil­la was built in 1903-05. The vil­la, which was donat­ed in 1946 by the wid­ow of Marai­ni, Car­oli­na Marai­ni Som­maru­ga to the Swiss Con­fed­er­a­tion, stands on an arti­fi­cial hill and is sur­mount­ed by a Belvedere Tow­er, which boasts a 360-degree view of Rome and its sur­round­ings. The build­ing draws on the tra­di­tion of Roman vil­las. The dec­o­ra­tions of the build­ing con­sist of orig­i­nals and copies of antique sculp­tures. The main idea was to con­nect under­neath the earth the base­ment of the Vil­la with the recent­ly con­struct­ed res­i­dence / work­shop-stu­dio build­ing sit­u­at­ed on the bor­der of the plot. Ref­er­ences as the Boul­lé sug­ar-cake of Peter Green­away, the Cat­a­combs and Pirane­si’s Carceri were very close while work­ing on the project.

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Title of the com­pe­ti­tion entry: Barba­bi­eto­la

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Barone Emilio Marai­ni with his wife and broth­er Otto, the archi­tect, who’s tak­ing the pic­ture, and the dri­ver… on search for sugar… 

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Pirane­si’s under­ground world.

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Babl Rome 14

Com­pe­ti­tion entry for the con­ver­sion of the Swiss Insti­tute (an Artist in Res­i­dence Com­plex) in the Vil­la Marai­ni; work of the Swiss archi­tect Otto Marai­ni, broth­er of Emilio Marai­ni, a for­tuned indus­tri­al­ist from Lugano, known for hav­ing intro­duced with great suc­cess in Italy the pro­duc­tion of sug­ar from beet. The vil­la was built in 1903-05. The vil­la, which was donat­ed in 1946 by the wid­ow of Marai­ni, Car­oli­na Marai­ni Som­maru­ga to the Swiss Con­fed­er­a­tion, stands on an arti­fi­cial hill and is sur­mount­ed by a Belvedere Tow­er, which boasts a 360-degree view of Rome and its sur­round­ings. The build­ing draws on the tra­di­tion of Roman vil­las. The dec­o­ra­tions of the build­ing con­sist of orig­i­nals and copies of antique sculp­tures. The main idea was to con­nect under­neath the earth the base­ment of the Vil­la with the recent­ly con­struct­ed res­i­dence / work­shop-stu­dio build­ing sit­u­at­ed on the bor­der of the plot. Ref­er­ences as the Boul­lé sug­ar-cake of Peter Green­away, the Cat­a­combs and Pirane­si’s Carceri were very close while work­ing on the project.

Babl Rome 09
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Babl Rome 05
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Babl Rome 01
Babl Rome 10
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Babl Rome 11
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