Restoring Rome’s relationship with the Tiber through a split-level waterfront that renews both urban and environmental transitions from land to water.
The prioritization of vehicular traffic and the construction of stone embankment walls have left the Tiber and its waterfront disconnected from the city of Rome. Today, the riverfront is inaccessible and desolate. Elevating the Tiber restores Rome’s relationship with its landmark river by reestablishing an urban and environmental transition between land and water.
The existing riverfront and part of the river itself are lifted, bringing them closer to the active level of the city. The waterfall resulting from this displacement replaces harsh, stone embankment walls with a more liminal transition between city and water.
Rome’s attention is once again focused on the Tiber’s riverfront in a grand gesture that is reminiscent of the city’s historical relationship with public space and urban water displays.
- Competition Jury
The pathway steps down into shallow running water the public can safely enjoy before it cascades down into the rushing river below.
Planted lawns introduce a softer element into the material palette of Rome's public spaces.
Areas of the public pathway are left open and unprogrammed to host events, markets, installations, and other temporary programming.
New access points tightly integrate the riverfront into the urban fabric of Rome. At each entry point, walkways ramp up to meet the level of the city at key points and intersections, providing ADA and bicycle access to the riverfront for the first time.
Simple programming and a modern material palette relate to the historic city while offering new types of flexible, public amenities.
©2020 Vonn Weisenberger