Ex-San Lorenzo Customs House exhibits its new guise as a design campus
Accademia Italiana is finally about to open the doors of its new headquarters in Rome and it is doing so in a preview for the 2023 edition of Open House. An important event which will unveil the architectural restoration and redevelopment work of an historic in the city.
Open House Roma is the brainchild of a group of architects and designers oriented towards socio-cultural innovation. It is an annual event which celebrates design and architecture in the capital through some 200 sites from all epochs and usually inaccessible, which are opened to the public through free guided tours. It is in this context that Accademia Italiana is participating this year with a preview visit to the new campus in Rome which will be built inside the ex-San Lorenzo customs house, a building complex dating back to 1925 and designed by architect Angiolo Mazzoni del Grande. It played a major role in the control of goods by rail and is now listed in the Cultural Heritage Quality Charter. The redevelopment of these spaces has been carried out thanks to the partnership between the Dutch chain The Social Hub and Accademia Italiana, with the aim of hosting the first pole dedicated to design in Italy. The itinerary scheduled during Open House includes a visit to one of the recently renovated former Customs Office buildings and an overview of the urban regeneration project of the entire area with the construction of a 21,000 sqm hybrid structure, which includes, in addition to rooms, common and sports areas, spaces for co-working, meetings and events.
But also 15,000 square metres of public parkland returned to the city. On the occasion of this redevelopment project, the students themselves participated through the design of the workshops dedicated to the practical subjects of the Accademia Italiana courses, expressing the needs of those who live them first-hand. In addition, the third-year students of the design and jewellery design courses also collaborated in the STRAordinario pilot project, carried out by Open House to allow visually impaired people to visit buildings, gardens and important archaeological areas in ways which are alternative to sight. In this context, the students worked on the construction of a tactile model of the Mausoleum of the Fosse Ardeatine and some elements of the fountain of Villa Sciarra fountiain made with 3D printing.
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