Redevelopment of the Ostiense Gas Factory

Type Masterplan, Mixed-Use

Location Rome, Italy

Year 2012


The project aims to reconnect a sixteen hectares area into the urban fabric of Rome, located into the ex-industrial zone between the Tiber river and Ostiense street.
A portion of the city that used to be in the centre of the production activities and today appears completely abandoned. The factory original perimeter wall that used to enclose its industrial activities now represents a physical barrier and contributes to the disconnection between this unused portion of land and the surrounding urban fabric.
Today the area is characterized by its majestic industrial buildings that during the years have taken an iconic image.

The first design step envisages the reopening of the Factory edges to allow for an immediate physical reconnection with the city, creating the highest permeability through the inclusion of functions that give continuity to the main urban paths. The proposal aims to use the potential of the area to become a joint between the flows that connect the surrounding centralities.

The main engine of this redevelopment will be a cultural centre, architecturally integrated to the park, conceived as an extension of the linear park along the river, it will become the main instrument for the reconnection between the city and the river.




It will include a series of functions that will generate a new urban impulse. A university library, an auditorium and art gallery will reinforce the link between the existing surrounding educational and cultural activities.
It will be complemented with a new residential development and activites at local scale to provide services to the new and existing communities and ensure a complete reconnection with the adjacent urban fabric.
The proposed scheme will be delivered through a phased approach and will include a series of functions, such as commercial, office spaces and an hotel, that will generate a revenue and will ensure that each phase have the potential to succed wihouth being dependent on future phases.

A green and blue framework will link new and old buildings together, making them perceive as part of a unique organism.
A water canal will collect the water from the Tiber river, and through a phytodepuration process, will bring it clean to the city. It conceptually traces the route of the original gas production cycle and its purification process, linking all the spaces within the factory, from the river to the city.