Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Melfi Headquarters in Pettoranello di Molise, Italy by Medir Architects
September 24th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Medir Architects
The industrial area of Pettoranello, close to Isernia, is located in an ex-wetland surrounded by mountains, tangent to the state route connecting Campobasso to Isernia to the railway. The medieval town of Pesche dominates the valley. On the site is a square shed and the office building. For this latter the client requested a central double-height void with light from above and rooms accessed by distribution galleries over the void. Though these requests suggested the hypothesis of a new introverted and centripetal spatial configuration, the qualities of the landscape called for a more open solution.
These intentions have been expressed by using three elements that differ for morphology, chromatism and surface treatment: a ribbon emphasizing first the longitudinal component, defining the entrance and starting a dialectic exchange with the mass of the shed, then the vertical component, detailing the way zenith light penetrates the building; a continuous volume with a circular dynamic; a more massive base that becomes, by folding itself, staircase and roof.
Medir architects, Rome
Founded by the architects Roberto Ianigro (1969) and Valentina Ricciuti (1979), Medir is a Rome-based studio specialising in architecture, design and contemporary art, frequently collaborating with artists, institutions and cultural associations. The studio’s work has featured in exhibitions and in leading architectural journals. Medir also undertake a wide-range of research and communications work on behalf of leading publishing companies and research institutions.
Roberto Ianigro has taught at the University of Rome’s Valle Giulia Architecture Faculty and is an Honorary Research Fellow in Architectural Composition at the Ar_Cos department of Rome’s Sapienza University, where he completed his Doctorate in Architecture and Construction, Space and Society. His theoretical research centres on the problematics of the inhabited environment. Valentina Ricciuti is Doctor of Architectural and Urban Design (University of Florence). Her publications include essays on and critical analysis of some of the most important figures in recent Italian art and architecture, including Luigi Moretti, Aldo Rossi, Alessandro Mendini, Carlo Aymonino, Franco Purini and Gabriele Basilico.
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