Santa Chiara

Sezze, Italy. /// 2011

 

HISTORIC BUILDING REFURBISHMENT

FIRST PRIZE

The proposal to give a new program to this important historical building, a former convent of the XIV century, has been directed by the aspiration to preserve the original structure as much as possible. This structure is formed by the superposition of different built environments and open spaces from different periods.

 

A mixed-use program with different functions and users, is the result of the study of existing facilities and the socio-cultural conditions of population, being agriculture the main economic activity.

 

The program distribution is organized following the existing system of courtyards and vertical circulations. The program is divided into five groups: public facilities, commercial functions, offices, education and residences.

 

In some parts of the project were retrieved activities that have been part of the monastery tradition (gardening, teaching crafts, rainwater harvesting) integrating them into the new functions in accordance with the rural culture and economic production of the city.

Team:

Camilo Sierra, Silvia Garrone.

 

Collaborators:

Landscape: TwentyTrees.

 

Bidding Authority:

Province of Latina.

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We set in our work the best available techniques, balance in processes of production and passion for architecture and design

 

We believe in systems of production which reconcile mechanical and organic processes.

 

We believe in the positive relationship between materials, humans and the environment.

 

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