Vicus Aureum

The meeting between an old medieval village and the twentieth century


AUTHOR: Aureum 40°
PLACE: Napoli, Italy
YEAR: 2016
STATUS: Unbuilt
INSTAGRAM: @aureum_40
WEBSITE: Aureum40


Vicus Aureum is moving on a double facades system, 5 buildings are decomposing between two distinct urban areas from the medieval wall towards the overlook of nature. It’s as if in front of this highway to the sea, which cannot become a public livable space just for the palm trees and bike lanes, we have flipped vertically, in front, the public space and the overlook.

The traditional Neapolitan balconies are revolutionized and reinterpreted, cut out by golden elements that reflects the light and sparkle and from the railings where one can overlook and breathe the salinity windblown. We regain a distant relationship with nature, the gulf and the sea “wets out” Naples.

Naples is a city that is born from the dream of a siren. The sea calls her back every day like the backwash, and so the salty breeze spreads through alleys and balconies. The balcony, an appendix of the building that stretches out toward the outside, toward the sea.The project moves from the intention to bring back the breeze on Via Marina, and a new overlooking on the landscape that tends to infinity.

The line on the sea become a façade, but mainly architectural machine to look forward. The “chiaroscuro” of the double façade determine an intestine reality, a protected ones to lose the vision toward horizon. The golden tectonic elements reflect the sun and they are a prow of a ship, they answer to the call of the siren Partenope and for the inhabitants of the buildings behind  the dreams come alive. The balcony has been deconstructed and reconstructed piece by piece, it has become footbridge and then architectural catharsis (κάθαρσις).

Our graphic experience was born from different suggestions. We have started from the drawings of Piranesi and during our research we have been contaminated from the Pop graphics and the American comic strips. But many have also been the inputs of the contemporary drawings of architecture as those of “Dogma.”

We express our style through clean lines and monochromatic patterns, whose main purpose is to bring out our architecture. The whole work follows rigid rules, every single element has his own texture and his own way of representation in the different images.

The black and White has been our choice since the beginning. In many cases, the colours could mislead the perception of the pure shapes.  At first it has been hard to limit out palette, but then the result was clear and clean. Few drawings anyway let glimpse some signs of gold and blue, in order to give a rhythm to the pages’ flow, just like the cover of a new chapter of a book.

One of the main goals of our drawings is the temporal abstraction. The architecture from our point of view doesn’t have to be locked in a certain time, but in the contrary it should cross in the temporal flow, never getting older.

Also for the silhouette use we have followed a scheme. People who live in our architecture dissolved themselves in point clouds to not disturb the spaces enjoyment. We have anyway, to make an exception for the imagines “with the colour”, which became sets for ‘60s Italian and French actress’ cut-out.


Below, a series of images of interior.


Aureum40° is a collective of architecture. It is born in 2015 with the intention to spread our idea of architecture. The continuous experimentation founded upon the principle of a raw and direct architecture. The sketch like a system of rules, through lines and silhouette, pure forms and suggestions. A paradigm rich in contradictions as the fortieth parallel.

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