Client: Floricola Mesola
Status: Competition (2016)
Location: Ceglie Messapica, Italy
Coordinates: 40.641915, 17.523582
Climate: Mediterranean, Temperate
Materials: Plaster, Vegetal
Visualizer: Filippo Bolognese
Scale: 360 ㎡ Small
Types: Commercial, Market
The basic idea is to enclose a space, building a wall both defining an interior and expressing a clear presence in the region. This gesture subtly refers to some peculiar signs of the local agricultural landscape; the project aims to evoke their powerful but quiet shape. The exact definition of this enclosure is the only act considered as fundamental; whatever would happen inside it and the overall materialization of the project – even if here expressed – could be open to a certain degree of redesign without undermining the primal sense.
The demand for a flexible space is here interpreted by proposing a solid and elementary material organization, whose stability try to grant different uses through time countering the ephemeral; the request for the so celebrated sustainability by opting for an overall economy of means. Refusing an easy use of technological add-ons, the construction employs local available and cheap resources but doesn’t want to sponsor this choice as an architectural merit in itself.
This architecture aims to be intentionally opaque because it does not regard transparency as a value to be reached at all costs as well as the lightness. This architecture is unequivocally formal; it strongly believes in the potential form deserves in the project of the city.