Leon van Ouwerkerk // Non c‘è due senza tre – Three squares in the Centro Storico, Florence



Florence is known worldwide for its impressive architecture. Numerous works by many architects can be found here, which were justified then as they are today and serve as models. In addition to the central squares, there are several smaller squares that deserve attention. The Piazza di Cestello is located directly on the banks of the Arno and is framed by the Chiesa di San Frediano and the adjacent residential buildings. It is noticeable that the church is not in the centre of the square and loses significance and impression due to its asymmetrical position. With the design of the architecture museum, the church is now framed from both sides so that it takes up a central position. This cre-ates a central square through which one can reach the church axially. It is enlivened on the sides by the museum café. The museum takes up the architectural aspiration that the building itself is the exhi-bition. An architecture museum has the task of exhibiting space and making it tangi-bly perceptible, not just exhibiting in space. Visitors experience a tour through a pre-defined sequence of rooms consisting of night room, dawn room and day room. They move through the three-dimensional space via ramps and stairs and experience a constant change of viewpoints and vistas. The centre of the building is a courtyard around which the other rooms are arranged and which forms the end point of the spatial experience.


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

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