PIAZZA BRUNELLESCHI, FLORENCE, ITALY
The intent of the design was to create a monumental icon by using absolute geometries. In this confined piazza the sphere’s curvature was used to relieve strong and flat facades that surround it. The vertical grain of the shading system creates a material tension between the two objects. The rectilinear structure houses a cafe, bookstore, public library, and reading rooms, while the sphere holds the auditorium. A connection was made from the existing school directly to the cafe and vertical circulation.