raumlaborberlin: officina roma
raumlaborberlin: officina roma raumlaborberlin: officina roma
jan 31, 2012

raumlaborberlin: officina roma

‘officina rome’ by raumlaborberlin in rome, italy all images courtesy raumlaborberlin

german interdisciplinary practice raumlaborberlin has completed’ officina rome’, a villa constructed entirely out of recycled materials on the grounds of MAXXI in rome, italy. conceived for the museum’s ‘RE-cycle: strategies for architecture, city, and planet’ exhibition currently running until 29 april 2012, the free-standing structure incorporates trash-like materials such as old bottles, oil barrels, wooden window frames, and used car doors.

on site

built within a week long workshop with 24 high school students from all over italy, the project was approached as a three-dimensional collage. its recycled conception is readable in its exterior with a front facade that is made transparent through old wooden window frames and doors. the main rectangular volume features a curvilinear annex kitchen constructed from used glass bottles held together with concrete.

front elevation

designed as a hosting ground for a variety of workshop events and talks about experimental building practices, alternative living concepts and recycling design, the pavilion is simple in its layout with a large open space at the center of its organization. an abundant level of sunlight enters the interior through the collection of windows and doors frames. the colourful ceiling made from old oil barrels becomes a visual focal point within the space. an octagonal volume constructed out of used car doors accommodates a small bedroom to the back of the main room.  

interior view of workshop area

ceiling made from old oil barrels

door to bedroom

recycled bottle wall in kitchen


night view

during construction


floor plan

project info:

commissioned by: MAXXI, museo nazionale della arti des XXI secolo design team: franceso apuzzo, jan liesegang with samuel dias de carvalho, christian gothner, olga maria hungar and leonard borger

  • I had an eerie sense that this is how the lucky will be living in the dystopian future, when the planet’s warming catches up with us.

    Isabella Binny says:
  • Lindo!

    L.l says:
  • If you consider that this kind of architecture was already seen developed by gipsy communities in Rome\’s suburbs for many years and that these gipsy\’s shelters are regularly destroyed and its inhabitants deported by the city administration, I found revolting that MAXXI allow its name to be associated with this project. But maybe this tells a lot about MAXXI administration.

    Massimiliano says:
  • Relevant and very intelligent idea for those who have no workshop for to develop ideas

    Why not for home too?
    Of course redesigned .
    Juan Vassallo Ulloa
    Home designer -artist
    City of Buenos Aires

    VL URBANA House says:
  • anybody remember The Whole Earth Catalog?

    dbkii says:

    ANIKA says:

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