When Soleri was a student at Torino Politechnico, he worked on an assignment to draw architectural elements for Basilica di Massenzio built in ancient Rome. The building consists of vaults and apse to create a spacious architectural presence and still partially remains in the Roman Forum in the middle of the city to remind us its glory days.
The building is also said to be used as a textbook for famous Renaissance greats such as Michalangelo, Brunelleschi, Bramante and others for their architectural practices.[Text and photos by ttmr]
Soleri obliged to the tradition set by the creative minds in the past, using the same design vocabulary (vault and apse), and translated them into a contemporary architectural context to provide us with unique spatial experiences. At Arcosanti, the vaults give us many opportunities to explore a various cultural possibilities.
(Shown here is an Arcosanti regular Flam Chen Performance in the evening)
Apse, a quater spherical form, has been also interpreted using modern building materials (concrete and steel) to add a new meaning to architectural expression and functionality in some of the Arcosanti bulidings.
(Shown here is activities in the Arcosanti Ceramics Apse)