Sensual Baroque

Cody Davis (website)
Yale School of Architecture
Advanced Studio
Brief: A Vatican Reading Room in the Context of Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini
Faculty: Greg Lynn (website), Brennan Buck (website)


This project is a manipulation of the Baroque forms found in Bernini’s sculptural compositions, replete in the two arms encircling Piazza San Pietro and in the baldacchino at the heart of the church.  Respecting the principles of plasticity, proportion, and symmetry, the proposed “Third Arm” finds a state of transition between the horizontal continuity of the surrounding colonnades and the relentless vertical rhythm of the columns themselves.  Undulating surfaces culminate in a dome volume, which is suspended by looping scrolls.

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