Rome Centre for Contemporary Arts

Rome, Italy 1999

Client: Centro per le Arti Contemporanee, Roma Competition, finalist

The competition brief for the Centre for Contemporary Arts asked for the image of an institution that had not previously existed in the city. The building was required to function not only as an art gallery, but also as an architecture museum, academic resource, experimental installation space and performance centre. The proposal can be understood as a constellation of these programmatic components, avoiding a hierarchical organisation in favour of a loose balancing of forces.

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Competition entry

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References 1

Monastery plan of St Gall

References 2

Thomas Struth, Campo dei Fiori, Rome, 1984

References 3

George Braque, Houses at l'Estaque, 1908

References 4

Hallen für Neue Kunst, Schaffhausen, Switzerland


Rome, Italy


Centro per le Arti Contemporanee, Roma

Competition, finalist

Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso, Peter St John

Project team
Irina Davidovici, Laurie Hallows, Birgit Schoenbrodt

Structural and services engineer
Ove Arup and Partners

Cost consultant

David Grandorge