1week1project

Can you imagine Pope Benedict XVI sorting through his wine cellar in this halo-shaped retirement home?

What to do with a retired pope?

It's not an easily answerable question, given that very few popes have ever chosen to abdicate command. But Pope Benedict XVI turning in his papal pallium early has put the Vatican in a quandary (well, at least I'd like to imagine). Does the church owe him a retirement home on a lush Mediterranean island? Should it release him gently into the sunny pastures of Tuscany, where he will live on nuts and blood oranges and sleep in quiet dells with the deer until the Creator finally rings his number?

Or how about a super-swanky retirement home custom-suited for all his papal needs? That's what 1Week1Project has imagined with these hilarious renderings of Benedict's future crash pad, which is shaped like a halo and seems to glow from within. The members of the "spontaneous architecture" group, who are based in Santiago and Paris, produced these designs as part of an effort to imagine new building projects for each week in 2013. They write:

since leaving the vatican on february 28th, 85 year old benedict XVI lives in castello gandolfo, located 30 km away from rome. for his spiritual retreat, 1week1project proposes a house sitting on a roof close to piazza della rotonda. reinterpreting the halo's symbolic shape, the dwelling is organized around an atrium (central garden or courtyard) and offers a 360° view. the building will provide benedict XVI the necessary seclusion for praying, preserving a relationship with the surrounding world.

As you can see below, the doughnut-shaped domicile has everything a pope could want in his final years. There's a nook for praying, a walk-in closet for cloaks and varied vestments, a large dining table to entertain visiting cardinals and even a wine cellar. About that last feature, a commenter called Nicolas identifies a possible structural defect in the abode: "Load distribution will be important. I advise him to fill his wine cellar before going to pray."

Here's a few looks at the holy retirement home, called "Ciao Papam":

Renderings from 1Week1Project via Designboom.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. an aerial photo of urban traffic at night
    Transportation

    The Surprisingly High-Stakes Fight Over a Traffic-Taming ‘Digital Twin’

    Why are some mobility experts spooked by this plan to develop a data standard that would allow cities to build a real-time traffic control system?

  2. a photo of the First Pasadena State Bank building, designed by Texas modernist architects MacKie and Kamrath. It will be demolished on July 21.
    Design

    The Lonely Death of a South Texas Skyscraper

    The First Pasadena State Bank, a 12-story modernist tower inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, has dominated this small town near Houston since 1962.

  3. A NASA rendering of a moon base with lunar rover from 1986.
    Life

    We Were Promised Moon Cities

    It’s been 50 years since Apollo 11 put humans on the surface of the moon. Why didn’t we stay and build a more permanent lunar base? Lots of reasons.

  4. Environment

    Where to Find Relief in the Big East Coast Heat Wave

    Maps of urban heat islands show where residents can find pockets of cooler air in Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

  5. SEPTA trains in Philadelphia
    Transportation

    Startups Are Abandoning Suburbs for Cities With Good Transit

    A new study finds that new business startups are choosing cities with good public transportation options over the traditional suburban locations.

×