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.
Isernia Golf Club in Italy by Medir architects designed using Autocad LT and SketchUp
September 25th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Medir architects
The design concept of the Isernia Golf Club building started with the idea of converting an existing wooden structure, built to cover the golf shooting stations, into a Clubhouse pavilion. The original structure of that shelter was static and got lost with generous size of the golf course and the beautiful open-ended views facing the surrounding valleys. Therefore, the intention was to enhance the presence of the building by adding iconic value to the imperfections of its shaped geometry. Looking like an open-air theater and declaring its artificiality to the natural environment, the building aims to have an ephemeral aspect, as a ‘compensation’ of its own presence in a uncontaminated site. The building is composed of a wooden screen enveloping the existing structure along the perimeter, fragmenting natural light, and peeling off on the back side to form the main entrance. The access to the golf course is marked by a ‘fragment of construction’, a stone wall along which a heavy steel plate slides across big metal gears.
The Isernia Golf Club will be soon part of a new luxury holiday centre that is being built within a wood, located just near the golf course. The architecture of the resort includes the redevelopment of a rural house and the design of some new buildings, that must be totally integrated with the wood and its ecosystem. The functional programme provides for an hotel, a SPA with two swimming-pools, a meeting centre, two restaurants and a riding ground. The construction could represent a very significant development opportunity for the district in which it is being realized. The projects concentrates on energy efficiency, control of manufacturing and operating costs, innovation in technology. The systematic use of local materials and alternative energy mean that the principles of enviromental sustainability will be manteined in the whole building.
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, Carlo Aymonino, Aldo Rossi, Alessandro Mendini, Franco Purini and Gabriele Basilico.
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