The Netherlands

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

Nico Koomanskade 1021
3072 LM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 10 485 5801


West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
1745 Opwijk

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United States

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

2133 Arch Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America

+1 347 371 2252

Valley of Desire Biennale Venice

As part of the 11th International Architecture Exhibition “Out There: Architecture Beyond Building,” West 8 participates in “Uneternal City. Thirty years after Roma interrotta”.

This is a specific section in the Artiglierie dell’ Arsenale dedicated to the city of Rome. Together with eleven other Italian and international design studios, West 8 was asked to re-imagine the City of Rome. Within this scenario, every design studio has chosen an area or theme to explore. The intended image is that of a Rome of the future, in which architects open new observation points on the landscape, changing reality with its own ideas and vision, with an often critical but sometimes enchanted eye.

Valley of Desire

The project of West 8, ‘Valley of Desire’, is an antidote to the suffocating experience of Rome, a cure for its failing heart, a remedy for its spirit. It’s a place of multiple delightful experiences along the river Aniene. To breathe in fresh air and to experience the valley in all its variety, there are special wooden bicycles and Vespas available at multiple points along the journey between the Colosseum and Villa d’Este. Guided by the sound of the water and inspired by the light reflected, one will travel through the valley, discovering the spaces and shedding the inhibitions of the city.

Aaron Betsky, Venice Biennale

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