Four years of design development was all it took MAD architects to receive approval from the city of Rome for their endeavor of bringing new inspiring life to 71 Via Boncompagni. The adaptive reuse project transforms an existing 1970′s commercial courtyard building into a residential complex featuring not only trees but also amazing outdoor patios scattered throughout. After having won the commission in 2010 with a winning competition proposal, the team, led by Ma Yansong, now carries the plans into implementation phases for realization of MAD’s first project in Europe.
This renovation replaces the building’s heavy and closed existing façades with visually light curving curtain walls, while retaining the original structure. The envelope thus serves as an expressive element for the building while functioning to produce open and luminous living spaces complemented by garden covered balconies.
The 8-storey building will have 145 units of various sizes and layouts, ranging from studios to urban villas. While the residential complex dominates the majority of the block, wrapping three street fronts, a 20th century chapel is located on one corner. Towards the site’s interior, the courtyard facing windows and balconies are wrapped with translucent metallic curtains. The private central space features a large pond, with skylights integrated at its bottom surface to illuminate the subterranean parking garage.