pope benedict XVI retirement headquarters
pope benedict XVI retirement headquarters pope benedict XVI retirement headquarters
mar 22, 2013

pope benedict XVI retirement headquarters

pope benedict XVI retirement headquartersimages courtesy 1week1project



since leaving the vatican on february 28th, 85 year old benedict XVI lives in castello gandolfo, located 30 km away from rome. for his spiritual retreat, 1week1project proposes a house sitting on a roof close to piazza della rotonda. reinterpreting the halo’s symbolic shape, the dwelling is organized around an atrium (central garden or courtyard) and offers a 360° view. the building will provide benedict XVI the necessary seclusion for praying, preserving a relationship with the surrounding world.



birds eye view of the retirement headquarter






building diagram



plan drawing



location close to piazza della rotonda, rome





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  • The image with the rendering from the street is nowhere close to the proposed location. Interesting proposal though.

    JH says:
  • hehehe such a big cave a vin!

    hola says:
  • Did they steal this idea from apple?

    Patrick says:
  • I think the designer of this project forgot that his dealing with a pensioner.
    Unless he still has access to the popemobile, his going to have a hard time getting around his house.

    Atheist Attilio says:
  • This would be an amazing space, but it’s amazing how inappropriate it would be. Ostentatious and worldly.

    Casey says:
  • An old man having to walk 100 meters from his bedroom to the living room…

    Mauro says:
  • aha!! two pillows in the bed! sooo….

    michael says:
  • =D

    Q says:
  • Can you design a humble abode in the middle of a poor community so he can experience the reality of hard

    John Peters says:
  • Everything has its why…why?

    gianco says:
  • ” the building will provide benedict XVI the necessary seclusion for praying”…so why a 360 view of the city above one of the most busiest piazza right in the center of Rome?…doesn’t sound really “Seclution”…

    bob says:
  • I like the fact that although this is a humorous entry, the ‘architect’ has even positioned his bed to watch the morning sunrise!

    Some extensive cooling required in the bedroom for sure, or at least an ice cube to suck on as he falls asleep :p

    DJR says:
  • This building is so crazy, and it has no cohesion with the rest of the buildings. Is it a spaceship? or is the newest Apple headquarters?…

    luisefe80 says:
  • This project is part of our “spontaneous architecture” we propose every week. Visit and participate:

    1week1project says:
  • Our facebook:

    1week1project says:
  • Great idea and very witty

    LUCY says:
  • This is the most ridicuous thing I have ever seen. Awful renders, who was stupid enough to pay for them!

    Jamie says:
  • Cama de matrimonio? 😉 en cualquier caso mejor colocar el eje radialmente.
    Mucho vino y pocas hostias, con perdón.
    Aun estoy buscando la puerta de entrada 😉

    Pablo says:
  • You have a lot of time to waste.

    John says:
  • Sorry one man’s holy is another man’s apologist for a corrupt institution.

    james Martin says:

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