H501_Revealing The Hidden Monuments Of Rome
Through a selection of images the project explores the forms of the city of Rome challenging the notion of monumental by revealing the metropoles’ ’ ‘hidden’ monuments which, contrarily to those visited by the mass of tourism, serve as reference points for the citizens of the City.
Who influences you graphically?
I am very drawn to Italian visualisations of the first half of 19th century. I really enjoy the posters of ENIT (National Tourism Organization), the works of Dudovich and Depero or the drawings of Enrico Del Debbio’s. An important influence has been Andre Chiote, a Portuguese architect who, through his illustrations of the masterpieces of world architecture, inspired this project through which I describe my city with the aim of giving dignity and importance to many “normal” buildings, which in the imaginary of Rome, are shadowed by the masterpieces of the past.
What prompted the project?
The project was born almost by accident. At the beginning I just wanted to try test the limits of the language of representation I was using when working at 2A + P / A by using it as a tool to redesign buildings to me familiar. After a few drawings, I soon realised a common thread throughout- the depiction of what at first appears as ‘normal’ buildings but which, for the neighbourhood or people who follow the same routine/route, acquire the status of reference points. As a result, I embarked on this project with the aim of describing Rome through its buildings and forms, searching for all those “silent monuments” that exist as new landmarks for the citizens.
Where do you see this study going? Are you keen on expanding beyond the confines of Rome?
H501, is a code that all people who are born in Rome have on their TaxCode. In this way H501 is viscerally tied to the city and, as of now I still have a lot of buildings I want to feature before moving on onto other landscapes and metropoles.
What is your take on colour?
I would like to start by answering this question with something learned at the university “colour does not exist”.colours are nothing more than energetic manifestations of electromagnetic details capable of being perceived by our eyes and de-coded by the body. Colour, or rather perceive its perception, is a transformation of information made by our brain. This process is not always the same, the same red wall depending on the light it strikes will be perceived by our eye with a different shade. the choice of colors for the illustrations always follow a very subjective process; I often change the color of the high sky, or the same buildings hues completely different from reality, sometimes to better notice the details of the texture, or just because I like the last combination of colours.
What dictated the square format?
To describe many buildings, each different, I had to choose a set of rules to make the entire project homogeneous and not a chaotic sequel of images: the square format, the framing from the bottom with a distorted perspective, the vertical lines help to keep together the various illustrations, whether it’s a water tower, a Roman buildings or a bridge.
Have you ever thought of playing around with the images in a future iteration and maybe distorting these and or collaging them with each other to see where this may take you?
On several occasions, I thought of making a collage of the various buildings creating almost a new skyline for the city of Rome, but so far I have always postponed waiting for the right opportunity. These buildings, in the reality of such an ancient city, are already forced to live with other ‘things’, suffocated by other buildings, infested with plants, graffiti and anything else. Giving them a “moment of solitude” isolating them from their own context , it seemed to me a good sign, almost a gift.
Alessandro Acciarino is an architect based in Rome. He has conducted research in Italy and in Spain, obtaining a Master Degree in Architecture at La Sapienza University in Rome where his studies were focused on Rome and its suburbs. Nowadays he is continuing his studies in the world of Architectural Representation by attending a Master in Digital Architecture at IUAV in Venice.
After an experience as founder-member of Warehouse of Architecture and Research in Rome (2013-2017), he currently works at Terzo Piano, an arch-viz studio based in Reggio Emilia where he deals with Image-Production for Interior Design.
He has collaborated with 2A + P/A (2015-2016) and La Macchina Studio (2016), attending to projects and architectural competitions with a particular interest in the condition of the contemporary city.
He has a strong interest in the world of graphics and visual communication. He projected the catalogues for international exhibitions, such as the “Bulgari y Roma” at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid and “SerpentiForm” hosted in Singapore and Tokyo.