02 X DESCRIPTION
In this research process of the ruins of the abandoned town of Castiglioncello di Firenzuola, one pale but distinct truth appeared to our minds. While observing the remnants of the Classical Age, you can perceive a sense of collective power and grandeur that makes the architecture talk for itself.
Moreover, the ruins of the medieval town express an unbreakable bond between modest life and architectural shapes.
Several researches have been carried out on medieval town planning in post-war Italy. In particular, researches by Luigi Piccinato and Edoardo Detti, helped to shape even more this theme on a theoretical level.
To create spaces that reflect such a spirit, it means to ask about what kind of new life this place wants to sustain.
The idea was to build ateliers and workspaces for local artists, to let them enjoy a calm and peaceful environment to concentrate all their energies in the creative processes.
Despite its striking modern concrete façade, the project follows two immediate perceptions of the ruins. The construction of the volumes was made using the original measures of the collapsed buildings. Therefore, respecting them on a spiritual (and not superficial) level.
In the design process, we tried to abstract the perceptive elements of the borgo, such as cuts, tangential views, and complex pathways that often change their ground level. In addition, we use three different approaches by building on ruins: by small detachment, completion or construction between the single ruined walls themselves.
The project includes two story houses divided by a bar with an exposition room. The exposition room evokes the vertical element of the bell tower.
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04 X ABOUT
Alberto Ghezzi Alvarez and Miguel Lopez are two architecture students at the University of Florence, Italy. They are currently attending their 5th year of studies. They are currently interested in the public perception of new interventions in old city tissue, and how digital aesthetics can relate to traditional architecture.
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