Irma Softic // Three places in the Centro Storico Florence



The central idea of the project is to plan an architecture museum as a "place of the city" in the old town of Florence. The design is planned for the „Piazza del Carmine“, which is located on the southern side of the Arno in Florence. The square is dominated by the „Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine“, a catholic church with a facade that opens to the square. In order to make the urban space more advantageous, the intention arose to put the church in the foreground with the conception of the design. Since Florence is a city with a strong historical background, it was controversial that the new building must relate to its surroundings, but at the same time show itself recognizable as a museum. It must be taken into account that the history of the city and its architectural style is not the only thing that is in the foreground. The design should give the square a new use, but at the same time the needs of the residents of the neighborhood must not be forgotten. Since the citizens are obviously interested in what is happening on the „Piazza del Carmine“, it quickly became clear that the design should be dedicated to the public in the first floor zone. But first the urban planning situation had to be clarified. In order to give the "Piazza del Carmine" back to its namesake it was clear that my de-sign had to be related to the "Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine". Thus, the idea was born to give the church a clear forecourt by mirroring the residential development to the east of the church on its own central axis. My building opens to the square with an arcade. The main entrance is in the center of the building. The remaining walls have large windows. The columns have a cross section of 42cm by 42cm and are on a grid of 4.2m by 4.2m. The round arches have a clear passage height of 6.3m. The dimensions have been chosen to create a free feel-ing of space for the visitor and to make the passageways spacious. The upper end is formed by a groined vault. The main facade is based on the "Ospedale degli Innocen-ti" by Filippo Brunelleschi. The structure of the design is kept very clear. The largest space is occupied by the exhibition and teaching rooms. The museum offers four different exhibition rooms. On the ground floor there are two four-column halls and an open atrium. On the up-per floor, the halls are extended by two bays.


Examiner: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Uwe Schröder
Co-Examiner: Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Alexander Markschies
Supervisor: M. Sc. Oliver Wenz

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