International Architecture Competition

Rome
Collective Living
Challenge

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Rome 
Collective Living 
Challenge

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Rome 
Collective Living 
Challenge Rome 
Collective Living 
Challenge

In 2018 protesters took to the streets of Rome to rally against resident evictions. After years of housing shortages, rising rental prices, and unemployment, thousands of families and individuals were no longer able to meet their mortgage and rent payments, and many were being forced from their homes. This is just one event that exhibits how Rome, like several capital European cities, has simply become unaffordable.

For the Rome Collective Living Challenge, we’ve asked architects and designers to propose solutions for collective living in Rome.

Participants were tasked with designing a concept for affordable co-living. Instead of considering ways to construct thousands of new, individual apartments in Rome, this competition focused on housing solutions that might offer both affordability and community. We sought ideas that could potentially be implemented across Rome to increase housing stock. There was no minimum size required, and proposals were asked to be flexible enough to adapt to different locations and inhabitant requirements. Participants were free to choose and identify their own competition sites.

Several submitted proposals sought methods for increasing density within the existing generic building stock. Others targeted specific Roman sites such as the Aurelian Walls or the Tiber riverfront. Others still sought to rework parking lots and other low-density spaces seemingly present everywhere throughout Rome.

When judging the proposals, the jury asked two primary questions: Does the proposal introduce thoughtful or novel concepts for community living? And how does it respond specifically to Rome’s urban situation?

This competition is part of Bee Breeders’ Affordable Housing Crisis design series, which has over the past year introduced a number of proposals to address the global demand for urban housing. Some of these submissions and others have been included in the inaugural print publication by ARCHHIVE: Issue 1: What is Affordable Housing?

Bee Breeders would like to thank all designers who participated in this competition!

1ST PRIZE WINNER+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project Name

Vita del Muro

University

Lund university

Country

Sweden

Project authors

Karin Frykholm
Lisa Fransson
Rron Bexheti

jury commentary

“Vito del Muro - Co-inhabiting the Aurelian Wall” targets Rome’s 19km-long, 3rd-century defensive fortification as a generator of future housing stock for the city. The project focuses on demonstrating that the wall has not only resilience, but also serves to be permanently useful for Rome’s greater good. The submission offers a simply-constructed unit design that might be implemented along the intact portions of the historic structure. Adapting to the linear form of the wall, residential units are placed side-by-side and connected by a communal living space. The jury wonders, however, how many units can the intact portions of the wall feasibly support, and is this enough to begin to solve Rome’s housing crisis?

2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Anti-Isolato

Country

Italy

Project authors

George Guida

jury commentary

“Anti-Isolato” details a method for transforming a typical residential Roman street block, which it claims to be an insular courtyard enclosed by a perimeter of residential buildings. The design proposes opening this inner court to the city street by removing one of the block’s sides and, furthermore, by introducing a number of collective programs within the block. The project presents a case study of historical Roman social housing projects and extracts the lessons learned from their failures. To overcome the isolated nature of these constructions, the ‘new’ block is populated with collective working spaces and collective living units linked to a perimeter atrium open to the courtyard. These collective spaces are balanced by private residential units that face the streets. The jury found the drawings and ideas to be excellent and clear. The jury also asks: By using the strategies shown here, can existing blocks also be transformed in a more sensitive way, rather than through significant reconstruction?

3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

R[h]ome: diverse community living

University

Politecnico di milano

Country

South Africa

Project authors

Philip Kolevsohn

jury commentary

“R(h)ome" converts an existing structure into an alternate form of housing to demonstrate the importance of adaptation over new construction in such a historic city. The proposal states: “To build something new in the center of Rome is virtually impossible, yet the large amount of underutilized spaces, especially in religious complexes, offers new potential for creative adaptation in the struggle to provide the diverse housing needs of a contemporary city.” The project converts the historic guesthouse of the 14th-century Chiesa e Monastero di Santa Brigida into a 21st-century co-living facility. Through a number of sensitive design considerations, the existing floor layout is adapted to a variety of different residential unit types, shared outdoor spaces, and a communal coffee shop, dining area, and kitchen. The jury would love to see this project expanded to include a range of different Roman sites.

BB GREEN AWARD

Project Name

COOP - a construction system for city-actors

Country

Brazil

Project authors

Isabel Magalhães
Rafaela Barcelos
Ana Marta Lins
Camilla Rodrigues

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

Rome In Ruins

University

Lund university

Country

Sweden

Project authors

Tara Fartash-Naini
Paul Weedle
Kajsa Henriksson

Project Name

Living on the Lungotevere

University

Lund university

Country

Sweden

Project authors

Isak Jannert
Anna McDermott
Gustav Svanberg

Project Name

Domestic Equipment for a New Collectivity in Rome

Country

United States

Project authors

Jacob Comerci
Eli Braff Back

Project Name

Coliving Family Tree

University

Belarusian national technical university

Country

Belarus

Project authors

Daria Studneva
Julia Studneva
Vitali Arabei

Project Name

Network Communities Rome

Country

Ukraine

Project authors

Oleksandr Kolesnykov
Anton Zheleznov
Ruslana Lomakina
Ivan Seleshok

Project Name

Forum Domus

Country

United States

Project authors

Chang Yuan Max Hsu
Jeremy Leonard

Shortlisted projects

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Poland

Gdańsk university of technology

maja mawusi

United States

jolanda devalle
alison zuccaro

Poland

Politechnika wrocławska

agata popieluch

Canada

University of waterloo school of architecture

changfeng chen

Italy

alessandro di egidio
martina di egidio
leila bochicchio

Russian Federation

Moscow institute of architecture

maria cheltsova-bebutova
anna vorobyova
yana kurilova
denis omelchenko

United States

naomi hébert
ji won jun
shu guo

Sweden

Lund university

fatemeh bahari
soheil shahnazari

Sweden

Lund university

isak jannert
anna mcdermott
gustav svanberg

Sweden

Lund university

tara fartash-naini
paul weedle
kajsa henriksson

Sweden

Lund university

justyna krokowska
chen yi lee
nicholas hartman

Sweden

Lund university

karin frykholm
lisa fransson
rron bexheti

Korea

Hongik

yeong joon ko
jae kyeong moon
dong hyun limb
gwang hyeon park

Uruguay

maria amado mannise
maria eizayaga
natália ayumi sato
taís de moraes alves

United States

Iowa state university

zheng yang
hansen sentosa
fan-kai lin

Korea

Suh architects

kyungen kim
borum kim
jayeon chung
nha npark

Italy

Politecnico di milano

siyka georgieva
katia al chosmpan or al hussban

China

Pratt institute

xin chen
danlei yang
hsin-wei wang

Serbia

Arhi.pro

dimitrije milic
aleksa asanin
visnja trudic
dusan kitanovic

India

varalika raj singh
poojitha m p vadana

United States

jacob comerci
eli braff back

United States

Kean university

sara mountford
eric anderson

United States

katie burrell
abigail vanderlek
elise wang

Russian Federation

Moscow architectural institute markhi

nadezda vozzhaeva
uliana zhomnir
fedor shemyakin

Russian Federation

Moscow institute of architecture (state academy)

ekaterina lavrinenko
olga garanina
olesya opara

Poland

Poznan university of technology

magdalena baraniak
katarzyna pieprzyk
joanna stefańczyk
zuzanna jankowska

Russian Federation

Moscow architectural institute

olga sizoy
elizaveta nikolskaya

Poland

Wroclaw university of science and technology

paulina lechowska

Brazil

Pontifícia universidade católica de campinas

gabriel grothge faria
henry farkas
beatriz cressoni
carolina mescollotto moretti

South Africa

Politecnico di milano

philip kolevsohn

Ukraine

oleksandr kolesnykov
anton zheleznov
ruslana lomakina
ivan seleshok

Brazil

isabel magalhães
rafaela barcelos
ana marta lins
camilla rodrigues

Poland

weronika gajda
maja wrzeszcz
marta przygoda

Romania

Architectural association school of architecture

alexandru octavian mitea

Germany

laura carina kurz
jörn kehrer

Australia

shaun lee
kelly choi
jade tan

Greece

eirini kanargieli
konstantinos konstantinidis
maria chatzikallia

United States

chang yuan max hsu
jeremy leonard

Belarus

Belarusian national technical university

daria studneva
julia studneva
vitali arabei

Ukraine

bogdan bondarenko
alexander lazurenko
maryna biletska
costiantyn bondarenko

Netherlands

jo janssen
laura piovan
andi belulaj
maud van oerle
 

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