This drawing visualises the journey of a conversation printed in LOBBY’s second issue, Clairvoyance.
We begin, at the bottom, in London’s Paternoster Square. Passing beneath Temple Bar Gate, we enter Sigurd Lewerentz’s Church of St. Peter’s at Klippan before arriving at the southerly end of Victoria Tower Gardens. Passing the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, we bear left along Victoria towards the octagonal figure of the Baptistery of San Giovanni in Florence. Heading north, Buckingham Palace comes into view where, in place of the Victoria Memorial, sits the semi-spherical Talponia residential complex (Ivrea), and the Mall beyond.
Continuing north, we connect to the church of Santi Apostoli in Venice, wending our way along the Strada Nova towards the station of Santa Lucia. This connects to the Ponte della Libertà, opened in 1933 by Benito Mussolini, as it stretches out toward terra firma across the Venetian lagoon. Along this viaduct sit five soviet-era Muscovite libraries. The tip of the bridge connects to the urban void between Vatican City’s Piazza San Pietro and Rome’s Via della Conciliazione, which was itself a Fascist intervention built in 1937.
Heading south east, past Castel Sant’Angelo, we join the Via Papale (the “lost road of the Popes”) – a processional route that once connected the Vatican to San Giovanni in Laterano. Here we are reoriented into Piazza del Duomo in Florence, passing along the Via dei Servi towards Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, site of Brunelleschi’s Ospedale degli Innocenti. At the altar-end of the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata sits a spatial interpretation of Antonello da Messina’s 15th Century depiction of St. Jerome in his Study. At heart of this knotted network of rooms sits the Garden of Eden, as envisioned by Athanasius Kircher in Topographia Paradisi Terrestris.