Detail of Nolli Plan of Rome Sector IV and Sector VII
Detail of James Stirling' s Roma Interrotta: Sector IV
The new Museum of Architecture contains, as its main feature, Bramante's Tempietto. This may be seen in the circular garden of the museum in a setting similar to the one originally intended by Bramante. Serlio describes the unbuilt setting around the Tempietto, as intended by Bramante, to be 'a concentric circular colonnade incorporated into the interior of the present courtyard.' The relationship of the two concentric circular elements--Tempietto and courtyard--is the expression of Renaissance religious symbolism. A public pedestrian walkway connects from the entrance pavilion through this circular garden and up into the famous Fontana Paolina. Not far from the museum are the Steps of the Arcadians, the quarters of a group of poets who aimed to 'return poetry to the purity of classical traditions.'"
James Stirling, Roma Interrotta: Sector IV (1978).
In collaging the Museum for Nordrhien Westfalen into the Nolli Plan of Rome, Stirling significantly increased the scale of the original museum design.