The Heerlen Rooftop Project 7 Roofs, 100 Squares is a project designed by Francesca Rizzetto, Oriana Pilia and Francesca Perugini. They were inspired by JULIET + ROMEO – As the story of an endless love. The idea that the ground today has become an ecology of architecture in Reyner Banham’s sense now seems so familiar to us that we find it hard to imagine that this was ever not the case. But in fact, this notion first arose lessthan a century ago. In 1926 in his “Five points of architecture” Le Corbusier proclaimed the “Liberation du sol”. The ‘house on pilotis”, which Le Courbusier first realised in the Maison Citroen (1922-1927) becomes the architectural icon of this emancipation from the ground. as it has no direct contact with the ground the house detaches itself from its physical surroundings. The ground ceases to define the architecture, as the building practically creates its own ground in the form of a platform resting on pilotis. This doubling of the ground creates new, elevated level zero that places the physical ground of the site in the shade.
ROOFTOPS AS AN URBAN RECREATIONAL LANDSCAPE “EVERY CITY HAS A MOUNTAIN, A SEA, A WOOD OR A RIVER, or rooftops SO GO FROM THERE”
inspired by Antony Williams (former mayor of Washington DC).