The redevelopment of Piazza Montecitorio deals with a fundamental theme in the matter of urban planning today: public areas. The difficulty of the project lay in successfully merging a Baroque-style place of the historical city centre with the customs of the contemporary city.
La Piazza riveste un ruolo centrale, ponendosi come simbolo di apertura verso una società civile, poiché lungo il lato nord ospita Palazzo Montecitorio, sede della Camera dei Deputati.
The Piazza plays a central role: it is a symbol of the acceptance of civil society, as Palazzo Montecitorio – home to the Chamber of Deputies – runs along the northern side. The most important principles of the project were pedestrianism, the removal of any unsuitable elements, paving renovation, service restoration, and lighting adjustment.
The initial aim was to reconstruct the original “peacock tail” topography – similar to that laid by Carlo Fontana – in order to guarantee an ascending four metre slope which, from the bottom of the piazza led right to the entrance of the building, focussing the observer’s attention on it and the surrounding buildings