Above and below The Cloud

Can we build a cloud?


AUTHOR: Francesco Decaro
PLACE: Murcia, Spain
YEAR: 2017
STATUS: Unbuilt
INSTAGRAM: @_frankie9


Can we build a cloud?

“Above and below the Cloud” is idea that becomes reality.

The project consists in the construction of the permanent MUCC home and follows the same thread of the temporary installation of the festival, designed in the “Cuartel de Artilleria” of Murcia.

In fact, in this project the “cloud” is figuratively realized as the roof of the building, in this case a continuous slab of concrete, and it’s crossed by two glass spaces, which reflect what surrounds them. Literally build a cloud!

The basic idea of the project, as well as that of preserving the features of the existing building and the place in general, aims to create a chameleonic building, capable of hosting any type of activity and event.

The double nature of the building is kept intact: massive access block and “light” pavilion supported by pillars.

The access to the building is on a pedestrian street (currently private) where a massive white concrete block welcomes the visitors and leads to the large longitudinal pavilion. Minor accesses open on the long side.

The project stimulates the visitor’s sensations through different spaces. Access from the main entrance is completely different than secondary ones. In fact, the main entrance seems to “swallow” the visitor to prepare him for a total view of the great space of the pavilion. The secondary entrances force the visitor to pass under the “suspended” concrete blocks of the second floor and then be able to enjoy the entire height of the pavilion.

The pavilion and the access block contain all the activities below The Cloud: spaces for the community, spaces of exchange, of conversation, of comparison and learning.

Light plays a fundamental role as it manifests itself in different forms: continuous (the south windows), like a horizontal band (north windows), with patches (the roof skylights).

Accesses to activities above the “Cloud” are through the central pillars of the pavilion or through the “Stairway to Heaven” which helps build the cloud further.

The spaces above The Cloud, two curtain walls on a large terrace, are spaces of introspection, of study, of silence.


Born in 1995 in Conversano, Puglia, Francesco Decaro graduated in architecture at the Polytechnic University of Bari in 2020 with a thesis on rural architecture in the Fujian region, China. During his academic career he studied in Spain for two years, in Cartagena first and Valencia later. In 2017 he founded C A G E Architecture. In 2021 he co-founded Nebra Skay Studio about sustainable design.


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