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Damien Cifelli Architectural Design: AnyPlace


Contents: Introduction Site Properties Location Plan Survey Library Conceptual Ideas Development diagrams Visualisation 1:200 Sections Roof Plan 1:100 Plans Visuals Development Diagrams Exterior Space Model Space Visualisations 1:50 Section Construction Detail

Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place


Biblioteca D’Italia Viccolo della Moretta, Roma

The Biblioteca D’Italia is a Library that represents Italy. It is a jewel box celebrating Italian Culture. It sits at a confluence point of surrounding streets and represents the beating heart of Rome and in turn Italy as a whole. The Design itself is heavily influenced by Italy and the “Bella Figura”. The concept of seeing and being seen and making a good impression. This is shown in the public nature of the building; open public space is maintained in the adjacent square and in the library itself. Part of the design impetus was the views from the surrounding buildings which carve the shape of the structure. On higher levels there is a series of open spaces where the public can interact, somewhat like a modern Roman Forum. These areas are also connections between the different library spaces, each with its own function. The individual libraries are connected in a non linear fashion meaning the visitor is taken on a journey through related spaces before emerging in their chosen room. The Library appears as an organic, sporadic collection of structures held together as a whole. The image of a congregation of disparate elements in a single structure stems from the unification of regions and dialects of Italy. Also from the areas of Rome that are contained within a grand whole but also manage to retain their individual identity. This aspect of the design creates a feeling of localised intimacy in a nationally significant structure.


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Site Properties


The site is overlooked extensively from almost every side

Traditionally there has been a food market on the site every sunday, an aspect I would like to maintain

The Viccolo della Moretta Sits in the cente of Via Giulia, an ancient pilgrimage route and busy tourist street

Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Site Properties

The Noth-East corner of the site sits at a covergence point for many surrounding streets


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Location Plan


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Location footprint survey


Library of endless knowledge

Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Conceptual Ideas

The Palimpsest


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Refining Conceptual Ideas


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Design Development Diagrams


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Exterior Visualisation


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place 1: 200 sections


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place 1:200 Sections


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Site Roof Plan


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Ground Floor Plan 1:100


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place First Floor Plan 1:100


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Second Floor Plan 1:100


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Third Floor Plan 1:100


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Visualisation


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Interior Visualisations


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Visualisations


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Visualisations


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Design Justification


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Library space functions


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Visitor Stories


Monumental Archipelago The Biblioteca D’Italia joins the ancient structures of Rome as a new Atholl in the Monumental Archipelago of the city

Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Explanatory Diagrams


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Space Graphic


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Public Space Diagrams


A structure was added to the remaining space in the square to link with the Library and enliven the area whilst still accomodating for the sunday food market

Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Site Visualisations


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Model


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Interior Visuals


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Interior Visuals


Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Detail Section 1:50


Wall section contains simple plasterboard, timber and heavy insulation. This is followed by steel sheeting with STO concrete render applied on top. This reduces the thickness of the walls whilst still maintaining adequate weatherproofing

SANAA Moriyama House used as reference for construction detail due to its maximising of interior space using minimal materials

Damien Cifelli // Architectural Design / Any Place Construction Details


Damien Cifelli Architectural Design: InPlace


Body Survey & Seat Design


Body Survey

Photos were taken of members of the public in various social situations. Their body language and the spaces between them was analysed to determine the meaning of their interaction or lack of.


Body Survey

The isolated spaces become meaningful. their images packed with awkwardness, tension and intimacy.


Seat Design

Different scenarios of psychological distance reflected in chair design in both section and plan


Seat Design

Final design proposal


Qualitative & Quantitative Surveys


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Quantatitive Survey

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Qualitative survey

Some images showing the method of how the data was collected

QUALITATIVE SURVEY : An analysis of those using Hunter Square , their physical distance from each other and an analysis of the meaning of this distance


Psychological Distance Survey 24-10-2011

13:35:26 - Person 1 - Person 2 : 10cm Friends 13:35:27 - Person 3 - Person 4 : 30cm Strangers 13:35:28 - Person 1 - Person 2 : 0cm Friends 13:35:28 - Person 4 - Person 5 : 18cm Strangers 13:35:28 - Person 6 - Person 7 - Person 8 : 0cm Friends 13:35:43 - Person 9 - Person 10 : 0cm Friends 13:35:44 - Person 9 - Person 11 : 60cm Strangers 13:35:45 - Person 12 - Person 13 : 100cm Strangers 13:35:45 - Person 13 - Person 14 : 70cm Strangers 13:36:20 - Person 13 - Person 15 : 12cm Stranger 13:36:21 - Person 1 - Person 2 : 128cm Friends 13:36:22 - Person 7 - Person 8 : 12cm Strangers 13:36:23 - Person 8 - Person 15 : 10cm Friends 13:36:26 - Person 4 - Person 2 : 20cm Strangers 13:36:40 - Person 9 - Person 8 : 0cm Friends 13:36:40 - Person 5 - Person 2 : 60cm Friends 13:36:41 - Person 16 - Person 17: 0cm Strangers 13:36:42 - Person 18 - Person 19 : 50cm Friends 13:36:43 - Person 19 - Person 20 : 30cm Friends 13:37:25 - Person 21 - Person 22 : 12cm Friends 13:37:34 - Person 21 - Person 22 : 70cm Friends 13:37:35 - Person 22- Person 23 : 50cm Friends 13:37:36 - Person 24 - Person 25 : 40cm Srangers 13:37:51 - Person 26 - Person 27 : 40cm Strangers 13:37:51 - Person 28 - Person 29 : 0cm Friends 13:37:52 - Person 30 - Person 31 : 10cm Friends 13:38:08 - Person 32 - Person 33 : 50cm Strangers 13:38:16 - Person 34- Person 35 : 20cm Friends 13:38:29 - Person 36 - Person 37 : 20cm Friends 13:39:11 - Person 38 - Person 39 : 60cm Stranger 13:39:30 - Person 40 - Person 41 : 10cm Friends 13:39:34 - Person 42 - Person 43 : 200cm Strangers 13:39:35 - Person 42 - Person 43: 100cm Srangers 13:39:36 - Person 42 - Person 43 : 15cm Strangers 13:39:50 - Person 44 - Person 45 : 10cm Friends 13:39:51 - Person 46 - Person 47 : 100cm Strangers 13:39:52 - Person 46 - Person 47 : 10cm Strangers 13:39:53 - Person 46 - Person 47 : 50cm Strangers 13:40:01 - Person 48 - Person 49 : 50cm Friends 13:40:16 - Person 50 - Person 51 : 80cm Strangers 13:40:17 - Person 50 - Person 51 : 40cm Strangers 13:40:18 - Person 52 - Person 53 : 20cm Friends 13:40:19 - Person 54 - Person 55 : 0cm Friends 13:40:20 - Person 56 - Person 57 : 70cm Strangers 13:40:21 - Person 58 - Person 59 : 100cm Friends 13:40:44 - Person 60 - Person 61 : 150cm Strangers 13:40:45 - Person 60- Person 61: 80cm Strangers 13:41:07 - Person 61- Person 62 : 20cm Strangers 13:41:08 - Person 61 - Person 62 : 80cm Strangers 13:14:10 - Person 63 - Person 64 : 50cm Stranger 13:41:11 - Person 65 - Person 66 : 20cm Friends 13:41:26 - Person 67 - Person 68 : 50cm Strangers 13:41:27 - Person 67 - Person 69 : 60cm Srangers 13:41:40 - Person 67 - Person 70 : 60cm Strangers 13:42:30 - Person 71 - Person 72 : 0cm Friends 13:44:35 - Person 73 - Person 74: 30cm Friends 13:45:02 - Person 75 - Person 76 : 60cm Strangers


Auditorium Project


Tilting Planes: Hunter square is a thriving public square in the centre of Edinburgh and as such people become integral to any design proposal on site. As the square is already an auditorium space in its own right during the Edinburgh Festival it became important not to remove this function. After analysing the public’s interaction with each other in public and the tension and psychological distance between them I realised that there was an architecture in these spaces that would become integral to the design. The focus was then on attempting to alter these relations to create different combinations of meaning. The final design tackles this with large twisting and tilting planes. The planes are moving all the time altering every space to a different degree in both the public and private sections of the structure. At different areas in the auditorium you are lifted up from, pushed together or pulled apart from other people. Bottlenecks are created around the building to create tension then release into larger public areas. The small auditorium room itself is twisted and lifted up from the ground to create a mirroring public auditorium below and give back the space below to the public.


Concept sketch for MAXXI, Rome Zaha Hadid

Investigation sketches into altering planes

Altering level sketches Claude Parent


First design concept The first design concept was to twist the whole site into a center point. The twisting motion creates tension and alters the ground plane to create different public levels. This idea was refined into a more recogniseable structure whilst still maintaining the twisting motion


The design concept involves three large planes. They are connected together on different levels but the structures themselves never touch each other. The separation gives the impression of floating. They function in both public and private, for example, the long public bench on the ground floor is the same plane as the floor of the private auditorium above.


Painting investigating design concept of overlapping levels


Location plan at scale 1 : 500


Ground floor plan at scale 1 : 100


First floor plan at scale 1 : 100


Roof plan at scale 1 : 100


East facing section at scale 1 : 200


West elevation at scale 1 : 100


South elevation at scale 1 : 100


North facing section at scale 1 : 200


Simple processional elevations showing route up to auditorium The series of cuts show how the planes communicate with each other and the surrounding spaces continually alter


Original building footprint

Altered building footprint showing better public spaces

The footprint of the building is twisted and rotated on the site. This creates more useable public space around the square


Most common routes through the site maintained

Bottlenecks formed to create tension and release

Clear entrance route dictated in design


Aerial view of auditorium on site

Visualisation of route between ground and first floors


Visualisation from south west corner of Hunter Square


Second Year Portfolio