Restoration project of a rural building by Luca Zanaroli architetto
When I came across what would become my refuge in Salento, the thing that struck me immediately of the building, as well as the place, it was his “monumental”. Not so much for a particular artistic or architectural value (in fact it is a rather rudimentary construction and poor), but for its strength and capacity of expression, representative of the character and culture of that country. It ‘was then that I decided that the renovation would have to keep intact the impression gained from the start.
A typical example of rural architecture of Salento dry stone, the building actually consists of two buildings, of different ages and types, contiguous but not communicating. The oldest, called “pajara” dating from the eighteenth century, is cone-shaped with two terraces and circular with a domed ceiling. It was used throughout the year as a repository of tools and wood. To it at a later date (late 1800), was leaning against a building bigger named “Lamia” exit, and a quadrangular pyramidal shape with a barrel vault, used as a shelter and seasonal home from the farmers who worked the land. Often, as in this case, would be built in the vicinity of the building also was preparing a large oven where bread or figs with almonds that were fired after being dried in the sun, lying on cannizzi above the roofs coverage plans accessible to small scales cut into the masonry.
The locals frequented and knew this place. I still say that in the summer evenings they gathered here, after a day’s work in the fields, men, women and children, to play, sing and dance, and tell stories sitting on stone benches that still exist at the lamia, or yet the nights spent on mattresses placed directly on the floor.
The building had been abandoned for years and in poor condition. The oven was largely collapsed and there were large patches of damp on the walls of the interior due to the infiltration of water. Fortunately he had kept most of the building, and it was still recognizable that particular patina that time he had left on the outside walls and that I have kept with due respect.
E ‘was derived from the kitchen now collapsed volume of the oven. I made a small extension to derive the bathroom with adjoining cloakroom. Were finally connected all the interiors through long passages cut in thick masonry floor filleting shares of the different environments with ramps sloping slightly to accentuate the idea of spatial continuity. I tried to avoid interruptions net or sharp edges and to minimize the vertical partitions, also to allow light and air to enter the inside as much as possible.
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