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(Photos © Sebastiano Raimondo)
The building sits in North-West Castelvetrano, in a residential urban context where architectural spaces only serve housing purposes, excluding any other social activity. The theme was designing a town of services on confiscated land, once property of the mafia. The project tends to verify an ordering axis between the structures to be built and the surrounding environment, through its architectural components.
Thanks to height differences, the municipal office buildings, parallel and disposed along the North-South direction, draw a continuous line between the olive park and the built area. It's an organism developing on a U-shaped planning system, with a willingly white factory body inserting inside of it. So, as the lower storey organizes and defines a vast area, a box-shaped volume (12.50 x 40.00) emerges from the basement, highlighting and concluding the articulation of the building's profile at the same time.
A need for flexible environments, fit for different uses and arrangements, led to more attention towards sustainability - meaning more sensitivity for innovation both comfort and quality-wise, and the use of appropriate materials and evergy-saving technologies). Respect for urban features, space value, gerarchic succession and connection of the various parts, have been the main focuses in the project's design.
Client: Comune di Castelvetrano (TP)