The Metro Station at the Castra of Hadrian workshop was derived from the discovery of the 2nd century Praetorian Guard barracks during the construction of a new subway line in Rome, Italy. These reoccurring types of discoveries have embedded themselves into the current infrastructure of Rome, leading to casual connections to Rome’s residents. Our design intervention seeks to liberate the Castra from this potential future by making the casual connection intentional.

The atrium level of the metro station is primarily entered through a pathway that descendes downward below the ruin. Immediately the visitor is confronted at eye-level with the Castra as they descend, activating it as something more than an exibit behind a fence. A second pathway diverts from the initial, created for specifically viewing the Castra. This allows for a specialized area dedicated to further investigation and observation. From the viewing platform, a direct axial connection is created between the Castra and the Aurelian Wall, creating a relation between the two archeological elements on the site. The Castra unavoidably confronts the user when entering the station, but any further investigation of that layer is on the prerogative of that individual.