Villa Jovis: a visionary reconstruction

Our project area is situated on Capri Island, the place where the emperor Tiberio decided to set his residence during the last days oh his life: Villa Jovis. Our project area is situated on Capri Island, the place where the emperor Tiberio decided to set his residence during the last days oh his life: Villa Jovis. The context that is proposed is already very impressive and certainly unique for its unusual strategic position and for the set of visual that it offers; moreover it also provides the possibility to relate to a very impressive archeology, but it still struggles to provide its visitors the chance to relive the history of the Villa and its Emperor because of the absence of a very easy way to visit the area. That’s why we thought to improve its accessibility by creating new routes and by introducting services that are currently absent.Motivated by the possibility to make a project that could valorize an undiscussed charming site, we questioned on what was the strength of this place and what the Villa represented in the past; and we searched for compatible architectural forms not only with the place today but also with what the place represented in the past.For that reason we aproached to the world of Pensionnaires and to their project system based on the restitution of an architectural and a landscape image, told in a painterly manner, with a particular attention to the reconstructive hypotheses of Maurice Boutterin. Starting from his work, we completed it and rework on it, by adding new elements. Therefore we left the scientific manner favoring the imaginific and romantic aspect. We decided to propose a different project: not classical, but more provocative. We look at the Villa not only as a ruin, but moreover as what the complex meant in that years: on one hand the image of the recomposition of  the Villa  reconstruction, the other the same image in ruins.