The context

– The Roccamandolfi ruins lies upon the top of the mountain inhabited by time and linked directly with touch and visual landscapes.
– Thus, the ruin is a time capsule that, an atmospheric entity that is associated with history and context.
– The castle is an unconditional part of the town and they merge physically together trough a path that has been marked by walkers over time.
– The castle is a reference point for the visitor, it’s a must do stop for traveling and observation.
– The path can be translated into a timeless line that is always continuous, it never gets old nor it transforms trough time. It lives trough past present and future.
– The proposed line is a spatial and temporal construction that seeks to interpose over the existing geography.

The project

– Just as time do not affect a timeline, the proposed path stops being soil and turns into metal.
– The metal doesn’t change; it’s meant to keep itself intact.
– The path is made in a metal plate that pretends to evidence the trace of time over the space.
– The module appears as a necessity to show the passing of time.
– The module itself has the need to grow old, to deteriorate and to turn into ruin.
– The soil around the site gives the constructive solution.
– The module is built trough a system of thick walls in stepped soil that are contained only by a metal net.
– The stepped soil has no special treatment. It tends to deteriorate and to crumble with the natural environment.
– The metal net stays as a ruin, a virtual construction of what had been inhabited.
– The module has different stages. It is built, it gets inhabited, it turns into ruin and it transforms into landscape.
– Whenever you can no longer inhabit one must then contemplate.


architects: Laura Parra, Sara Olier, Mateo Agudelo, Benjamín Gómez, Juan Jose Arbelaez  |  client: Young Architects Competitions  |  status: Competition (2017)  |  competition: Castle Resort  |  location: Roccamandolfi, Italy (41.495401, 14.346270)  |  climate: Humid subtropical, Temperate  |  materials: metal, stone  |  environments: Mountain, Forest  |  visualizer: Studio  |  scale: medium  |  types: cabin, hotel, microarchitecture, residential  |  views: 7.611

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