Pio IX Library and Aula Magna Benedetto XVI

Roma, Piazza San Giovanni

  • Location: Roma, Piazza San Giovanni
  • Date: 2004 - 2006
  • Address: Piazza San Giovanni
  • Visit lasts: 1 hour (about)

Inside the papal University, the two architects created a library and restructured the old Aula Magna (Great Hall). The new structure is characterized by floating mass, contrasts between light and shadow and bulk and space. The impact is extremely modern and along with the six levels of the Library Tower are three levels of ramps with reading tables. The Aula Magna has a very steep seating section which adds dynamic to its design.