Stefano Boeri Architetti has designed a new entrance and pedestrian walkway in the subterranean rooms of the Domus Aurea palace. The Ancient Roman palace was built in 64 AD and is one of Rome's most significant historical sites. For a long time, these subterranean rooms within the palace have been closed to the public due to extensive restoration requirements.
Stefano Boeri Architetti created a vestibule and long walkway that blends into the ancient ruins it surrounds. The walkway consists of large, black-painted steel beams and is completed with LED lights that illuminate the passage for the visitors. The interior of this vault-like passage is white resin, which clearly delineates the walkway from the rest of the space. The design does not intervene with any of the existing structures and has a self-supporting framework to ensure it does not damage the ancient site.
The passage leads to a series of unseen rooms in the palace, such as the Octagonal Room.
Image Credit: Stefano Boeri Architetti