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24th July 2006

Ara Pacis Museum Rome - Italy

A scenario dominated by transparencies and whites, ancient monument and at the same time, modern work. The water is its soul infusing life and movement into the square, welcoming visitors to the Ara Pacis Museum, designed by New York architect Richard Meier and inaugurated on the occasion of the 2579th birthday of Rome, on 21 April 2006.

According to the Roman tradition, the fountains realized by Watercube play an important role. Along the monumental travertine staircase leading to the entrance, a water wall develops, sometimes as a waterfall and sometimes like a veil silently adhering to the wall. At its base, a rectangular basin with 16 foamy jets enriches the environment, creating a subtle game of light, reflections and liquid matter. Water flows at the side of the garden, like in Villa d’Este, Tivoli and Villa Lante in Viterbo: tradition is reinterpreted through modern eyes.