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(TOD) Temple Of Dionysus

  Despite the title, this is not an ancient temple to the Greek god Dionysus, though the inspiration for the design was derived from that fact that this particular god was the diety of wine and madness. I used this to alter the normal elements and layouts of a Catholic cathedral. The columns and pillasters were turned into elements that would bloat and increase in diameter as the columns reached their apex.

 

  Unlike most cathedrals though, this one occupies a site that is a story below the street level. I used this problem to create a public space away from the relentless sun of Rome and elevated the church to the street giving the space underneath the church, usually reserved for for the crypt, back to the people.