Beyond understanding the shelter as an object, the project acts in Craco globally. The intervention lays on the ruins a continuous pavement that connects the shelters and articulates a new urban contemporary structure.

As if it were an infinite carpet, the new ground floor plan dilates public space and, through the lookout viewpoints, dilutes it in the landscape.

This lattice of continuos pavement, is made and built with the stone remains that lie in the hills. In this way, the degraded buildings become such as “operational ruins”, and therefore becoming a useful resource to generate architectural intervention.” The public program is decentralized, spreading along Craco to force it through it, strategically occupying the milestones that the city still preserves. The Normanna Tower, next to the old church and other buildings, houses the facilities.

Using the minimum means, domesticity is provided only with pieces of furniture. In this way the human scale has been introduced inside ruin, turning it into an inhabited space. A simple glass box houses suites and shelters. The boundary between the inhabited and admired is then diluted, with almost non-existent skin, recognizing the imprint of the silent memories that inhabit ruin.


architects: Joan Maravilla Toldrà, Pau Olmo, Sergio Llobregat Ruiz  |  client: Young Architects Competitions  |  status: Competition (2020)  |  competition: Ghost Town Refuge  |  clasification: 4 rang  |  location: Craco, Italy (40.377948, 16.440554)  |  climate: Mediterranean, Temperate  |  material: stone  |  environment: Old town  |  visualizer: Studio  |  scale: 992 m2 small  |  types: cultural, interpretation center, intervention, landscape, refurbishment  |  views: 1.759

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