HOLIDAY VILLAGE AT PUNTA SECCA (SICILY)

In complete contrast to the holiday resorts turning areas of the Mediterranean into a concrete jungle, the concepts governing the elaboration of this project, which was not constructed, were those of minimal environmental impact and of architectural compatibility with the traditions of the region. The village was to consist of a hotel and a series of self-catering houses, each with private external space, distributed around the central feature of a pool conceived to echo the visual effect of the palace at Caserta, that is of provide a central water feature and focal point. To this end, the earth dug out for the pool was to be used to create banks on either side, set back from sunbathing areas. Orange trees would be planted along the length of the pool, creating an area of shade, and protecting the dwellings from any noise from the pool itself. The pool was to be completely lined with underwater solar panels (1,000 m2) generating most of the energy requirement for the entire complex (200kw) without panels placed obtrusively on roofs or elsewhere. The buildings were all to be 2-storey, and distributed in such a way as to create alleys and squares, the walls faced with “cocciopesto” a local technique for producing weather-proofed, breathing walls that goes back to the Romans, and the roofs in traditional terracotta. Local vegetation and flowers were to fill the ample gardens.

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Unrealized / work in progress