Collaborator: Yutian Wang
The project intends to advocate for Castle of Roccamandolfi as a cultural asset by reoccupying the old building with new uses, and create a sense of place that belongs to its Genius Loci. The uniqueness of hotel residency experience is largely enabled by the aesthetics that castle’s sculptural remnant and Peninsula Italian landscape’s roughness carry out. The articulation and subtleness of architecture then critically conserves the heritage spatially, structurally and programmatically.
The castle resort, at this stand of point, is not a product of commercialized modernity, it is a home destiny with a few living rooms and bedrooms for the tourists to understand the essential beauty of castle of Roccamandolfi as a habitable space, and a destination landmark for the Roccamandolfi village. The new programmatic arrangement carefully examines the original castle construction phasing through history, keeping majority of the existing ground intact and elevating the rooms based on the topographical condition within the castle building footprint.
This new public ground becomes a giant museum that exhibits itself as the most significant showpiece. The new added volume is more of an abstraction of the current castle geometrical condition and inherits a sense of both solidness from the outside and openness from the inside. Great contrast of mass of void is then interpreted into completing the castle form by steel canopy sitting on the concrete wall. A natural fluidity between exterior and interior is implied by the dynamic sunlight and shadow generated by the structure. That continuity of old and new gives an arbitrary proximity between the two materials- stone and concrete, unifying space and time into an art piece.