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Commissioned project.
Program: Residential block with three apartments.
Total site area: 728 sqm.
Total built area: 442 sqm.
Client: private.
Location: Avetrana (TA), Italy.
Design: 2006-2007.
Status: on going.

Built on a solid analytical base and on the history of Puglia, this project, through a simple design gesture, challenges the contemporary representation of the spirit of the mediterranean vernacular architecture and the strong Baroque local tradition.
The functional layout is the result of a complex site condition. The building, like a solid tuff block (the local stone), is programmatically carved by deep shaded terraces, which work as `buffer areas’ that separate the different functions , more or less private, within the apartments.
The shift of the tarraces on each level makes each dwelling different from the others, offering to each inhabitant a personalized space solution.
On the street level, a common volume provided with wide rotating doors on the two long facades, allows the connection between the two sides of the garden that otherwise would become a mere corridor−like space around the building.
Tuff stone, mindful of historical and landscape jewels like the “Sassi di Matera” and the “Gravine di Puglia”, is combined with the typical ceramic from Grottaglie, precious and sensual material, additional tribute to the local handcrafts. Brutal and sublime come together for a new concept of “contemporary mediterranean”.





International urban planning competition in two phases.
Masterplan, 150 ha mixed use.
Program: housing, retail, university, science campus, school and kindergarden, public transportation hub, offices and public administration, entertainment and culture.
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland.
Design: 2006-2008

This project frames a new role of Vatnsmýri within Reykjavik and Europe by the investigation of a method.
Vatnsmýri becomes an added value for the capital through the combination of a flexible urban network and a contemporary high quality architecture, expression of a functional program that fits the ambition of the city.
In the Renaissance the Mediterranean portion of Europe represented the absolute journey for architects to learn the rules of architecture; Nowadays this trend moved the epicentre of architectural interest to the north of Europe. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Berlin, Kopenhagen, London, became usual stops in the contemporary “Gran tour d’ Architecture”. Reykjavik can be part of it.


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Commissioned project.
Program: Renovation of a small loft in the centre of Rome.
Budget: private.
Client: Sovereign Order of Malta.
Location: Sovereign Order of Malta in Rome, Italy.
Design and realisation: 2006.


XX Venice Architecture Biennale 2006. “Stone City” section.
Data: Oecumenical church for Catholic and Orthodox religions.
Multifunctional program: Church, congress centre, theology faculty, cloister, guestrooms, hotel, retail, info point.
Total built area: 22.000 sqm
Location: Bari, Italy.
Design: 2006.

Our project has the goal of reevaluating the coast of the historical Bari, Italy, devastated by abusiveness and political indifference.
It foresees the realization of a tourist welcome centre for visitors of the city of St. Nicholas, Catholic saint and one of the main figures of the Orthodox tradition.
The functional program combines a flexible liturgical space, able to host at the same time Catholic and Orthodox liturgies (with annex faculty of religion, cloister for monks), hotel, retail and a congress centre.
How to combine tourism with religion? How to combine the religious vocation of an historical city with the contemporary reality of money and consumerism? How can we drive the economical wishes of a brave local government and developers in a direction capable to respect and make use of the potentials of this area?
How to develop a design ethic for a religious program? Is it really true that pilgrimage and holy places don’t get to any compromise between our “God”, and money, the “Capitalists’ God”? Fatima, San Giovanni Rotondo, Lourdes, Medjugorie: places of pain and hope, or business temples? Which is the social and economical impact of religion and media on the urban structure of those places?
On this bases, NAUTA developed a project strongly based on the combination of sacral and profane in order to establish a critical research platform on the future of tourism.
Our strategy makes use of the stone, on base of two concepts: the “excavation”, memory of constructive tradition of tuff quarries from the south of Italy; the stone used as a “surface”, capable to adapt itself to the folds of the costal landscape. Emergences from the underground sign the great stone beach : patios and ramps to the underground world make the place a sort of contemporary archeological site, memento of many places of «Magna Grecia» that deeply influenced the history of Puglia.


International architecture competition.
Data: Single family house in the wood. Housing type flexible for different clients, environmentally self sustainable.
Budget: 150.000 euros.
Client: CASLA & Comité ‘De Fantasie’.
Location: Almere, the Netherlands.
Design: 2006

Building a single family house with a low budget in a forest, yet, offering a contemporary life style to the inhabitants, comfort, privacy and space quality.
Our strategy is based on the combination of two very simple concepts and technologies: a traditional durable brick house and a glass house. These two are combined and reinterpreted in a way that will offer practical use of the spaces, privacy and communal life, as well as a new material perception of a traditional Dutch building technology: the brick construction.
The house is divided in two volumes. The separation of the two bands allows the definition of two functional domains that live from the interaction with each other. The space in between hosts a winter garden which becomes a connector, not only for flows, but for activities, giving the possibility to improve the inhabitable space of the house, without the costs coming from building a third functional band.
We believe that the winter garden becomes a secret gift to the owners of the house, additional space that can host the personal desires of every inhabitant, old or young. At the same time it is a tool that unables the designers to adapt the scheme to different potential clients that would be interested in investing in this house.
The connector is the space that gives logic to every functional scenario: a couple, a family with children, a single worker, two housemates.
All these potential clients could benefit by a configuration of the scheme that, every time would fit their requirements and still offer an exciting unique space.


International architecture competition “Nave Torroja”
Data: Renovation and extension of warehouse.
Program: Temporary and permanent expo space, educational centre.
Location: Madrid, Spain.
Design: 2006.

NAUTA rises like a technological fog, which ‘ascends’ and leans on the Nave Torroja. It formulates a contemporary clone of the existing building, generating at the same time a hybrid public space, not a square, nor an exhibition space, but both. The replication of the structure and the ˆnave˜ scheme offers a great flexibility to the changing program, allowing wide configurations of temporary and permanent exhibition. NAUTA is rises from the floor, moving the experience of the nave on a higher level. The connection side of new and old buildings becomes the “educational zip”, a moving platform where the flexibility is granted by whole floors moving vertically, providing the real connection grip between the nave and its extension, commercial and educational program.
The Nave Torroja plays with the light through the openings on its roof. It follows a rhythm dictated by the structure. NAUTA plays with the light as well, but in a different way. It is a permeable fog, continually crossed by light, making the mixture of space and light, mass. NAUTA is a narrative slides sequence, where layers of glass articulate the spaces like in a filmic plot. All spaces make the whole but they still live an autonomous life according to the exhibition program. The square below, an open field of alternation between natural and artificial light, becomes a platform to witness the happenings inside and outside the building. It is the projection of the upper slide, where commercial or educational images are displayed according to the cultural plan of the complex.
“Box in box” materialization, and the use of perforated stainless steel make NAUTA even more dissolving, expanding the perception on the building as immaterial, mediatic.