Museum of Religious Iconography
Cornell University, Spring 2005

Through the keyhole of the Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta, one gets an astonishing view of the dome of St. Peter’s Cathedral. Along the curcuitous route through Trastevere between the keyole and the dome are a variety of neglected religious icons. This provided the idea of a museum that collects, refurbishes, and displays these icons in a manner similar to their original situation.

The museum was conceived as a tube that mediates between the city and the river. Apertures cut into the tube frame views and illuminate the religious icons. The building also provides an armature for pedestrians to navigate the height difference between the Lungotevere and the lower river embankment. The museum looks back across the water of the Tiber t0 the complex of the Knights of Malta.