In our defense, we think this is only the second parking garage we've featured. The other is Riccardo Morandi's groovy (as in late 1950s) structure, linked to a large indoor market on via Magnagrecia. Not everyone--not even some well known Rome architects--knows about that building.
We took the pedestrian escalator entrance at the high end of via
At the end of the tunnel there's a depressing commercial area (not fully occupied, not enough
|Too much concrete. But then it's a parking garage.|
It's a bit worn now, but still impressive. Maybe the architect knew of Morandi's circular design (of
|You could date the structure within 10 years just from|
|Watergate apartments, Washington, D.C.|
It ought to be. For the architect who designed the stairway, and the famous garage beneath, is one of Rome's most famous and most talented. Readers of Rome the Second Time will know him as the author of the recently restored ex-GIL in Trastevere, but he is also revered for the Casa della Cooperative Astra (1947-51) on via Jenner, and for a building known as La Girasole (1949-50), on via Bruno Buozzi, at no. 64. He had a hand, too, in the 1960 Olympic Village in the Flaminio district. Most Americans will be familiar with his Washington, D.C. creation: the Watergate complex.
|Under construction. It's better without cars.|
|Contemporanea, 1973, an area featuring Kounellis|
Now, isn't that more fun that having a cocktail at the Grand Hotel Palace?
p.s. A controversial plan, involving some actual digging, to add some 700 area parking places in a nearby lot under the Pincio, the small hill above Piazza del Popolo--said to be necessary to convert the trident area off the piazza to pedestrian-only traffic--now seems dead.
|Light from above enters the space. Even some foliage.|