One thing I find really interesting about Rome is the mixture of different types of architecture that coexist in such a small area, and how you can see the progression of styles of architecture and how they have come together.

Talking to Gianni, I learnt that something Italians find really important is learning from and building on their past, because of this there is a lot of inspiration from previous styles of architecture throughout Rome’s history.

Elements which have been central throughout the years however, include arches. Arches were used through out Roman architecture as it allowed them to create lighter, taller, wider structures. As well as this, they realised that if they build them inside their buildings and along their walls they work as support systems, meaning that their buildings would be stronger.

From this came the vault, used by the Romans to create large open rooms and passageways. The two main types of vault attributed to the Romans are the groin vault and the barrel vaults. I think that this form of architecture is really aesthetically pleasing and would love to be able to incorporate this some how in our design/

Another important point that I was told by Gianni is that Roman architecture has been somewhat restrained by the height limit on buildings in Rome, therefore a lot of Italian architects have moved to China and Dubai where they have more creative freedom in their designs. Because of this, I think it would be interesting to look at modern architecture in these places as well as the outskirts of Rome, to see what our city can draw influence from by imagining what Rome could be like if not for the limits.


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