CHUTES+LADDERS

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Santa Maria in Trastevere, like many piazza’s in Rome, is anchored by a central fountain that acts as a main hub of activity. Here, visitors have a place to stop, rest, meet others, and watch frequent street performers. By using the existing lines of site and movement in the piazza, a form was derrived to extend the space of the fountain and encourage tourists and locals to stop and engage in many of the activities that are already taking place naturally. In this way, the form supplements the current flow of activity within the space, rather than interrupting it in any way. Three principle nodes form the structure of the new installation providing spaces for celebration/performance, shade/repose, and gathering/viewing.