Restricted Competition, Scavi di Pompei, 2016

The three wings of the Palestra Grande behave like a whole articulated system of museums.
As such, it needs to gain a recognizable identity, a clear program and a wider accessibility to all of its spaces. This new complex logics require a center of gravity.
The pool, a large void presence in the center of the garden, offers its great potential for an interpretation and mediation of the entire space. Its physical and geometric features not only bind it to the place, but even reveal the role of geometric generator of the relationships with the surrounding spaces, such as the Amphitheater. The great museum potential of the Palestra Grande consists of the variety of its offer and in the ratio between closed rooms and the open court, according to the best Pompeian tradition.