The study of Flippo Raguzzini’s Piazza di Saint Ignazio (1727) revealed a carefully planned geometry transitioning into the Jesuit Church anchoring the piazza. The geometries manifest themselves through the curving facades of the surrounding buildings and the ornate cornices forming the skyline. The piazza was once a thriving space for theatrical performances but now serves mainly as a route between Via del Corso and the Pantheon. People constantly pass the site without taking time to appreciate the visual and experiential masterpiece.
Using facade studies and geometric evaluations as a starting point for design, the goal became to activate the once-populated space. Windows, balconies and openings became areas of relations between the neighboring buildings and the piazza within. In an effort to recreate the theatrics of the historic theatre, different forms of lighting encourage human interaction and play in and around the piazza by highlighting subtle features. The narrow alleys leading to the piazza are filled with a filigree of mesh inviting inhabitants to “Vedo, Vedi, Vede” (I see, you see, we see)