Published in DASH #06 - Living in a New Past
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INA – Casa Tiburtino

RomeMario Ridolfi & Ludovico Quaroni

Among the grid of housing blocks on the fringes of Rome, bordering the Via Tiburtina, is a small neighbourhood with a radically different layout. Strips of three- to five-storey blocks in earthy shades of yellow, orange, red and pink form enclosed, informal urban spaces, with here and there some green spaces and parking. Triangular seven-storey tower blocks mark the entrances, while lower hexagonal buildings in the internal courtyards house amenities such as shops and a restaurant. No street or prospect is alike and despite the urban heights the atmosphere is almost rural…