Tor Vergata Laboratories
In a semi-rural part of Rome, a new element rises above the ground plane. The site was once a farm in an agricultural village that is now part of the University of Rome Tor Vergata campus, a grouping of offices and scientific research departments, and a splendid place to work, far from the noisy city. Working in a context tied to elements of tradition, IaN+ have managed to develop an interesting experiment in this three-storey building for the hydrobiology department. The architecture becomes part of a process of exchange with its surrounding context creating a simple element - a paralelepiped that is subjected to the effects of deformation. The exterior surface is rough, as though irritated by the toxic solvents inside the building, and painted red to blend in with the nearby farmhouses. A shift in the ridge line produces a double sloping roof that is a hybrid of a single slope and a flat roof. A large glass wall projects forward creating a cantilever, as well as a viewfinder.