Location: Ercolano, Italy
Coordinates: 40.806415, 14.348691
Climate: Mediterranean, Temperate
Environment: Old town
Types: Cultural, Cultural center
The project wants to create a new relationship between the new city of Ercolano and the ancient archeological site, through a contemporary sign within the urban pattern.
In fact, it is recognizable in plans the coexistence of two footprints: from one hand the orthogonal grid of the “insulae”, the blocks of the ancient city, from the other hand, the irregular tissue of the city that develop after the volcano’s eruption.
The planimetry consists of single objects, which, isolated or juxtaposed, aim to design open spaces dedicated to the community. The composition, moreover, is affected by the analogy with the building technique of the opus incertum.
It is to say that, the cement mortar, which function is to keep together stones and bricks, is represented in the project by the open space that keeps together both the different buildings and the community that benefit from it. Unique will be the view from the big open plaza that will be created in the end of the itinerary through the project.
The usability of space, in relation to the experience of the ruins, will be key aspect of the project because will involve different users, potentially united in a shared space given by the incertum.