Amalfi Paper Mill

Categories: play research unbuilt

location: Amalfi, Italy

date: 2003
m2: 900
euroM2: 1500

colaborators: Luigi Centola Associati

description: The project considers architectural intervention as a set of regulated spatial and programmatic policies. The initial concern is the time-space experience within the contextual relationship with the culture and nature of Amalfi (Amalphia).

The dramatic conditions of the hillside terrain, the diversified footpaths and movements, the various flows of water inside and outside the building, as well as the multiple connections between the building and the landscape, formulate the project in an effect of volumetric additions and subtractions.

The intertwined relationship of these additions and subtractions on the existing building and hillside leads us to the inter-related solid and void conditions beyond its very classical notion. Solid is becoming void and void is becoming solid. This tectonic realization presents a new mixed condition of space, scent, and sound in a bid for a refreshing perception of culture and nature.

Different time of a day, a week, or of a year demands a different configuration of space and programme, with a different agenda. The project as an architectural proposition suggests the possibility of an adaptive design considering demands, changes, developments and potentials, and to be self diagnostic and regulated.

The introduction of volumetric deformation and reformation between the existing building and the surrounding landscapes allows a complex negotiation between various spatial and programmatic constrains and requirements. Working through the possibilities of surface technique in peeling, wrapping, stretching and twisting, the volumetric policies emerge to test the flexibilities this project demanded.

The new programmes blends into the existing building and context to inform positive and negative space allowing the new cultural and agricultural activities indoor and outdoor, private and public, intertwining between different type of visitors, users, staffs and the local tourism. This provides a self sustainable facility which is also an integrated part of the overall Amalfi Valley.

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