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An Improvement Project of the Villa Jovis Site


AUTHOR: Cecilia Artioli
PLACE: Capri, Italy
YEAR: 2020
STATUS: Unbuilt
INSTAGRAM: @ceciliartioli


Mediterranea is located in Capri, a small, beautiful island in the Southern part of Italy. The concept of the project was to enhance the ruins of Villa Jovis, an ancient roman villa, so that the tourism of the island could better appreciate the archaeological site.


Located and preserved near Mount Tiberio’s steep promontory, a panoramic peak of the island of Capri, Villa Jovis has shown itself over the years in its unique architectural and artistic magnificence as a place with an outstanding charm. Hence the interest in studying not only the residence where Emperor Tiberio chose to spend the last ten years of his life, but also the complexity of the landscape system of the north-western side of the island. Situated in a position of exceptional privilege, the design grows from the desire to investigate the complexity of the site and, at the same time, to reveal the potential of the archaeological system in which Villa Jovis is located.

The project, surrounded by the flourishing green of the neighboring wooded area, aims to enhance the historical heritage through a conservation process. The new facilities become elements which, by keeping a dialogue with the ancient ruins, are aimed at promoting the use of the archeological area and ensuring its maintenance.

A new museum was built to welcome the visitors and guide them to a better understanding of the exhibition, which extends to the entire intervention on the ruins of the Specularium. The goal of the project is not only to rediscover the memories of the past together with the visitors, but also to increase the attractiveness of the area by promoting a more lasting and comfortable stay for the tourists, who can decide to spend time in the luxury suites placed on the steepest side of the area. In this case, the design of a completely contemporary system is combined with the characteristic elements of the vernacular architecture of Capri, to be found in the pergolas and in the treatment of the surfaces with the majolica.

The complexity of the intervention is, finally, determined by the study of the organization of the vegetation in the Villa Jovis area, through a system of paths and tree-lined avenues that follow the natural slope of the land and allows to connect the different polarities of the project, guaranteeing accessibility and cohesion.


Cecilia Artioli is an architect currently working for a retail firm in New York City. She can work every day for big brands and design their store all over the U.S. She graduated in Architecture, Built Environments, Interiors in 2020 at Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy.


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