Sandro del Prete

Con-Cave-Vex Atrium

Even the boldest and cleverest architect would fail in any attempt to design the plans for this project. At first glance, the viewer hardly notices that he or she is looking at it from different levels at the same time. From its base, one can see the building up to its central ring-shaped balcony; the upper part, hovewer, is seen from a bird's eye view. The notions of concave and convex are paradoxically illustrated by the balcony in the center. The word atrium refers to courtyard, as it did in the same time of the Romans.