The new cultural centre in Rome’s Tor Marciana district serves as the core of community life. The articulated programme is embedded in two three-storey segments, which set up two respective urban elevations. The first one on the street side houses the dance and music school, the second one on the neighbourhood side accommodates the auditorium and workshop spaces. Placed at the intersection of the two segments, the foyer is a hollow full-height space: here the many flows and spaces that unfold through the building intertwine. Red concrete prevails in this room and extends to the outside, thus developing a system of ramps and stairs that connect the different levels and link the sports field with a pedestrian route. The concrete surface becomes occasionally frayed, leaving room to spots of vegetation conceived as Roman countryside miniatures. The nature of this garden wavers between artificial re-creation and rewilding. The loadbearing structure is clad in white expanded metal sheets, which refract and mitigate the direct solar radiation, as well as modulating the light coming from the outside and from the inside.