PROJECT: DELISABATINI architetti YEAR: 2012 - 2017 NAME: Parco attrezzato S. Galla LOCATION: ROMA CLIENT: Pontificia Opera per la Preservazione della Fede e la Provvista di Nuove Chiese in Roma COLLABORATOR: Arch. V. Pizzuto PHOTOGRAFER: F. Fiorini DOWNLOAD: PUBLICATIONS: This project aims at providing St. Galla parish church with an oratory made available for the local community. The area involved within the project will be transformed into a green space dedicated to sport, recreational, and even contemplative activities. Project’s surface is almost flat as is the bottom of a big urban void built about five meters below the street level so that it is hidden from the city. Over the years, the existing green elements have been located without any comprehensive project, being the outcome of random operations. The new project fits in its environment by taking into account the existing trees constraints and by trying to safeguard them as much as possible, compatibly with the new bulky activities. Within its area, the new project introduces a new spatial sequence, once missing, by introducing a geometrical and recognisable organization made through green and soil modelling. The landscape is improved by five rectangular “prints” hosting specific functions, linked together by winding footpaths, deep in a naturalistic style garden. These “prints” just appear from the ground level in order not to disturb the special nature of the place. Five shapes stand out like stamped “prints” on the ground, reaffirming their contrasting geometrical nature against the informal greenery surrounding them. These figures shape the ground with their in relief edges host five different functional activities (two soccer field, a basket\volleyball field, a playground, an educational garden and a stone paved meeting square). Grassy edges of five project areas have a visual relationship with one another and mark the line that divides the inside from the outside; they also influence view and space perception, being at a time edge and barrier The main among the five project areas, the wide and geometrical meeting square, lowered with respect to the ground, is accessible by deep cuts on its grassy edges. Its shape makes it suitable for hosting both events and activities of cultural or religious interest. The space, surrounded by bleachers, is entirely paved with stone. The five “prints” are connected three on three by precise cuts of the edges made along two axes intersected in correspondence with the football pitch. By overlooking each of the five specialised areas it is possible to have a complete vision and of the project area. All the elements of the garden are connected by different winding paths. The main path, that is vehicle accessible as well, links all the five “prints”. The main path is flanked by a mass of trees that does not preclude the ground sight but allows seeing perspectives. The secondary paths, exclusively pedestrian ones, freely cross the entire garden surface by moving away or getting closer to the green edges of the five areas. The greenery, outside the main five areas, assume a more natural shape: a ground shaped by soft bumps .The main idea for the greenery design is to safeguard existing trees, possibly integrating them with new ones, within an overall complex project Many new plants thicken around the existing lime trees, generating a grove with a diversified and changing chromatism adaptable to seasons change. This mass of trees completes the project layout by reinforcing the main path and introducing new unexpected views. The wood composed by different essences introduces a bright note of color as the seasons change; delicate birches, liquidambar and ginkgo biloba, alongside the existing lime trees, lighting the garden with spectacular autumn colors. Along garden boundary, clusters of new tall and slim poplars are planted. The purpose is to create both a shading and also to provide the project with chromatic elements that complete the overall project settings. Red blackthorns, having smaller in size, are gathered at the edges in bright stains of color, from the pink clouds of spring flowers to the red of summer foliage, contrasting with the colors and the verticality of poplars.