Laurin Toussaint // Non c’è senza due tre – Three squares in the Centro Storico, Florence



Based on the small-scale urban layout of Florence's San Frediano district, the design proposes an additional block in the northern part of the Piazza del Carmine. Here, in one of the most original and authentic quarters of Florence, the casualness with which the countless historically important buildings and art treasures coexist with the mundane functions of everyday life is to be demonstrated in a quiet atmosphere. The museum on the southern edge of this new block opens onto the south side of the square, while the view down the wide street to the façade of the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine remains largely unobstructed. The museum itself consists of a central foyer with an atrium and the functional rooms adjoining it at the sides. The first floor functions as a pedestal that accommo-dates the secondary functions, while the two exhibition rooms are located on the upper floor. They extend over the remaining height of the building and, thanks to their geometry, they offer a variety of uses for changing exhibitions. The rest of the block, as well as the row of houses opposite to the west, are based on the Florentine townhouse type. They house various residential units, as well as res-taurants and stores on the first floor.While the houses in the block conform to its strict grid, those in the row of houses, in their irregularity, represent an interface with the grown structure of the surrounding area.


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

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