MONOLITH

International Competition Project
YAC – Young Architects Competitions
Roccascalegna, Chieti (IT)
2017.07
The project for an Observatory House for tourists on the hillside of Roccascalegna, focuses on the potential of a new interior landscape and a gorgeous experience of observing the sky. A series of monoliths appears on the side of the hill, as ancestral symbols of connection with the cosmos. The spaces of the houses are all buried into the ground; the vertical volume of the monolith appears on top as an alien object landed on the hill.

 

Team: Arch. Mark Adamson, Arch. Andrea De Matteis, Arch. Carolina Medici, Arch. Angelica Tortora, Studio PARE

Gold medal

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 INTRO

Since the early Neolithic period around 8000 BC humans have recorded their connection to the cosmos. The relationship can be seen in primitive megalithic rock formations which lie strewn across Europe often aligned to celebrate significant events of cosmological activity. The most common typology of marker is the monolith – a huge vertical mass erected within an alien context for ritual use. These elements remain relevant today through contemporary science fiction literature and film – most notably Kubrick’s 2001 a space odyssey in which the monolith is re-imagined as an extra terrestrial marker left on earth. The monolith can thus be imagined as an icon which for millenia has symbolized a connection between man and space, the earth and the sky.



- Concept images 


- Monolith view 

FOCUS

The proposal calls for the required accommodation to be split into separate parts and scattered across the Roccascalgna hillside. All the requested programmatic elements will be buried into the ground with a singular vertical volume protruding above the tree line. This mass is the symbolic monolith acting not as an extension of the contextual landscape but rather an alien object perfectly regular in its form. The purity of the volume and lack of recognizable ornamentation is designed to appear unhuman. Each of the standing volumes will vary in size but will share an identical language so as to appear part of a defined network embedded within the wooded hills below the castle and church.

- View of the Roccascalegna hillside
 

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REPORT

The act of burying the programme ensures that almost no light will be emitted from the monoliths and thus the objects will not disturb the site’s primary focal points, namely the sky and the castle. The new constructions will enforce the existing hierarchy of the area by merging invisibly into the hillside during the night, by day the volumes will pierce the forest canopy as exceptions to the natural order of the area.

Buried within each of the monoliths is a chamber dedicated to the ritual of cosmological worship. A rectangular oculus punctures the upper surface of the volume providing a window to the sky which continuously changes as the earth rotates. The oculus limits the infinite celestial spectrum to a singular defined frame heightening visitor’s attention.

In addition to the primary rectangular oculus each monolith will also be punctured with a secondary moon oculus opening. The window will frame the moon in its course once per year for a matter of minutes. The experience of awaiting the moons arrival at a selected moment in time is inspired by neolithic ritual in which communities would celebrate the arrival of certain stars or equinox and solstice events.


- Diagram of the buried house and the monolith


- Plans and sections of different houses


- Oculus technical detail


- Axonometric diagram

MONOLITH

International Competition Project
YAC – Young Architects Competitions
Roccascalegna, Chieti (IT)
2017.07
The project for an Observatory House for tourists on the hillside of Roccascalegna, focuses on the potential of a new interior landscape and a gorgeous experience of observing the sky. A series of monoliths appears on the side of the hill, as ancestral symbols of connection with the cosmos. The spaces of the houses are all buried into the ground; the vertical volume of the monolith appears on top as an alien object landed on the hill.

 

UNA NUOVA URBANITA’ RURALE

Competition Project
MHS Spa
Paderno Dugnano, Milano (IT)
2013.11
Il progetto propone una nuova urbanità rurale nell’area ex-Breter. Viene proposto un nuovo modello insediativo di case basse, dense e minute, aggregate a isole, che gravitano attorno ad uno spazio aperto pubblico completamente permeabile e orientato alla produzione agricola. Oggetto di interesse è un nuovo equilibrio tra urbanità e ruralità, una nuova ecologia urbana.

 

URBAN DESIGN MEETINGS – LECTURES

International Seminar
Politecnico di Milano
Milano (IT)
2013.10 
The Meetings are born for the Urban Design Course in the Master of Science in Urban Planning and Policy Design at the Politecnico di Milano - School of Architecture and Society, and organized by Andrea De Matteis. In the Meetings are collected: Case Studies, Lectures, Forums, Focus, Workshops.
In this appointment the office Arup with the architect Stefano Recalcati will give a LECTURE about “Sustainable masterplanning in the new emerging countries”.

THE OPEN BLOCK-HOUSE

International Competition Project
Europan 12
Nürnberg (DE)
2013.06
The replacement of a former closed housing block  with a new opened block realizes a brand new urban space for the city. The outstanding open block offers the opportunity to give to the housing building a new civic role for the entire neighborhood: the compactness and the clearness of the volume highlights its presence, while its openings and passages inside let the citizens live the ground floor and the courtyard for collective activities.

 

URBAN DESIGN MEETINGS – FOCUS

International Seminar
Politecnico di Milano
Milano (IT)
2013.06 
The Meetings are born for the Urban Design Course in the Master of Science in Urban Planning and Policy Design at the Politecnico di Milano - School of Architecture and Society, and organized by Andrea De Matteis. In the Meetings are collected: Case Studies, Lectures, Forums, Focus, Workshops.
In this second Meeting, Francesca Tatarella and the milanese landscape office Atelier delle Verdure will FOCUS on “The design of the open spaces in the contemporary city “.

URBAN DESIGN MEETINGS – CASE STUDIES

International Seminar
Politecnico di Milano
Milano (IT)
2012.12
The Meetings are born for the Urban Design Course in the Master of Science in Urban Planning and Policy Design at the Politecnico di Milano - School of Architecture and Society, and organized by Andrea De Matteis. In the Meetings are collected: Case Studies, Lectures, Forums, Focus, Workshops.
In this first Meeting on a CASE STUDY, the architect Massimo Bertolano (Erick van Egeraat former associate) will present the Milanofiori project.

NEW HIGHTECH CAMPUS

Competition project
Confindustria di Bergamo
Albino, Bergamo (IT)
2012.08
Oggi la riqualificazione dell’area di Albino può proporre un elemento in più. Se da una parte le logiche dello sviluppo immobiliare sono tema imprescindibile per la fattibilità economico-finanziaria di trasformazioni così ampie e complesse, come lo è del resto la riqualificazione ambientale di contesti fisici così eccezionali, dall’altra parte elemento determinante per la riqualificazione dell’area di Albino è la strategia di riuso industriale.

LA CITTADELLA DEL COMMIATO

Competition Project
Comune di Ferrara
Ferrara (IT)
2012.05
L’ampliamento della Cittadella del Commiato con l’inserimento della nuova sede obitoriale comunale permetterà di consolidare i servizi di onoranze funebri offerti ai cittadini e qualificherà uno dei recinti storici della città preservandone il carattere originario. Il Nuovo Obitorio Comunale potrà esserne il fulcro e al suo interno un nuovo recinto ne diverrà il cuore: la Camera Ardente si raccoglierà attorno ad un chiostro dove si celebrerà il commiato.

 

ECOSISTEMI DOMESTICI

Competition Project
Comune di Cesena
Cesena (IT)
2012.01
La via Emilia è oggi il tipico paesaggio urbano della strada di grande percorrenza. Riconvertire la strada ad un traffico locale offre l’opportunità di fare leva sulle condizioni di vita sociale e collettiva già presenti per ampliare all’intera sezione stradale e al suo intero sviluppo lineare quei caratteri di paesaggio urbano familiare e civico presente in numerosi episodi lungo la strada.

CASA PER ANZIANI IN DUE BLOCCHI

Competition Project
Comune di Castelleone
Castelleone, Cremona (IT)
2011.09
Una casa per anziani di 8 alloggi si inserisce in un quartiere di altre comunita’ per anziani ai margini di una cittadina della pianura padana. Affacciato verso un piccolo corso d’acqua il nuovo edificio lavora sugli spazi intermedi costruendo nuove relazioni tra spazi privati e spazi collettivi e tra spazi aperti e spazi interni.

 

 

SPEISINGER CIVIC HUB

International Competition Project
Europan 11
Vienna (AT)
2011.06
A new civic center will be created around a new stop of the S-Bahn railway line. A main linear building defines the central public area and a series of public passages, ramps, pathways, sport facilities, greenhouses and community gardens create a collective field of cooperation between the three different sites involved in the redevelopment.

FAKE VENICE

International Competition Manifesto
Venice City Vision
Venice (IT)
2011.06
Fakeness is today an highly diffused procedure to re-invent things, re-creating them better then before in new phantom images. And that is Fake Venice: a place in which some conditions never realized before are forced to develop in the city.
Fake Venice is a reflection on fakeness and the future of a city. It reflects on the “potential being”: it focuses on one of the potential Venice that have not been realized.

E10 EUROPEAN FORUM OF RESULTS

Competition Closing Event
Europan Europe
Neuchatel (CH)
2010.05
The Forum of the 10th session of the european competition Europan took place in the University of Neuchatel. The Forum began with the Swiss Awards Ceremony: the office has been awarded of the II Prize for the project THE 4TH ECO-SYSTEM. Afterwards, some working groups have been organised around specific topics to discuss with the local administration representatives the relevance of the winning ideas.

THE 4TH ECOSYSTEM

International Competition Project
Europan 10
Nyon (CH)
2009.06
Les Plantaz site presents extraordinary conditions to experiment new way of organizing the urban fabric working on the interaction between nature and the city. Ecological reasons may join urbanism. The opportunity of working with three existing ecosystems of spontaneous vegetation offers an exceptional event to improve natural environment and to foster sustainable urban development.

ECOSCAPES

Competition Project
Comune di Cavriglia
Cavriglia, Arezzo (IT)
2009.06
Ecoscape propone un’idea nuova di parco declinando insieme ecologia, leisure ed energia. Il tentativo è quello di immettere nel sistema dei flussi turistici che investe la Toscana un elemento nuovo, al momento estraneo e non presente nella gamma di offerta. L’obiettivo è duplice: riqualificare in chiave ecologico – naturalistica un’area di sfruttamento minerario ed immettere Cavriglia nella rete di relazioni globali legate al turismo.

 

THE 4TH ECOLOGY

International Competition Project
Europan 10
Dessau (DE)
2009.06
The 4th ecology is a programmatic strategy for the city of Dessau, developed inside the three existing ecologies and proposing a pragmatic alternative to the complete replacement of the abandoned urban clusters. It proposes punctual reforms for core and border areas by adopting parasites, incision and infilling operation. It intensifies the spatial relation between the streets, the buildings and the internal courts.

PULVISCOLI

Competition Project
Comune di Teramo
Teramo (IT)
2008.06
Il progetto per il nuovo sistema di spazi pubblici del centro storico di Teramo si propone come un piccolo manifesto per l’incoraggiamento della vita collettiva in città. Si tratta di costruire dentro al sistema di relazioni preesistenti una serie di dispositivi fisici che incentivino la socialità e contribuiscano a rinnovare una dimensione collettiva attorno ad alcune sue condizioni rilevanti – scienza, natura, cultura.

E9 NORWAY PRIZE CEREMONY

Competition Closing Event
Europan Norway
 Oslo (NO)
2008.01
In the DOGA, the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture in Oslo, it took place the Prize Ceremony of the winning projects for the norwegian sites of Europan 9. In the Ceremony the office has been awarded of the Honorable Mention for the project LAB-CITY. During the meeting we presented the project and we discussed it with the other teams and the local representatives.

LAB-CITY

International Competition Project
Europan 9
Lillestrøm (NO)
2007.06
The project for a public space in the civic centre of Lillestrøm is a concrete solution to a local problem – the need for a recognizable meeting place – and, at the same time, it works as a small manifesto: the Stortorvet Square is intended as an environmental public deck populated by many dispositifs able to react with the local conditions at the environmental, economical, urban and social levels.

5 CASE UNIFAMILIARI AD ALTA DENSITA’

Competition Project
ATER Matera
Matera (IT)
2006.02
Cinque nuovi piccoli edifici si inseriscono nella serie di nuovi brani edificati che nel tempo si sono realizzate sull’impianto iniziale del Borgo La Martella. Rispetto alle recenti espansioni di case a schiera il progetto propone una sequenza di piccole case unifamiliari isolate ma affiancate. Con un ritmo serrato i blocchi cercano di declinare la condizione sub-urbana del villaggio verso un’atmosfera più urbana.

BLOCCO RESIDENZIALE COMPATTO

Competition Project
Società Etruria Immobili srl
Grosseto (IT)
2005.09
In un quartiere misto produttivo/residenziale un nuovo blocco abitativo sostituisce un capannone industriale. Il progetto propone un modello ibrido: definisce una massa compatta e una scala complessiva dell’edificio simile ai blocchi industriali ma garantisce una elevata qualità abitativa grazie ai patii e all’articolato sistema di distribuzione. Immesso in un quartiere misto il nuovo edifico cerca in sé stesso affacci e spazi collettivi di socialità.