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.
Restoration project, former Sacci building in Arezzo, Italy by Mauro Alpini
August 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Mauro Alpini
In this project Alpini has shown his awareness of the wealth of the Italian countryside not only as heritage to protect but above all as a resource to rediscover and develop. This large multifunction complex is in intense dialogue with the landscape around it, a telescope onto the area between Bibbiena and Chiusi della Verna.
The strip of land on which the project is located is around a kilometre in size and a varied and complex one. The historic centre and the hills which descend gently to the valley floor are on one side of the site and the Arno river runs parallel to the settlement. The idea is to capture the vibrations of the land, the settlement which simulates a logical reconstruction of the hills and places itself as a morphogenetic continuum of the landscape around it.
A green walkway runs all the way along the telescope of the landscape. The settlement is of varied density – in the vicinity of the hills it is as its most intense and then it breaks up near the historic centre where it becomes more geometric and sensitive to the changing landscape and, above all, to the morphology of the pre-existing settlement.
A great flood bank runs all the way along the banks of the river contrasting with the rigid formality of the river banks linked with the road network where the hills emerge and show their whole geological section. And then we can speak of lithology for the materials which will be used. Local stone will cover the whole of the section nearest the hill and the excavation metaphor is clear over the whole project. The town side will be entirely in glass and the residential buildings totally in stone and wood with roof gardens as well.
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