1st Prize Winner . Young Architects Competitions
Murro del Porco is a promontory just out of Syracuse on the southern coast of Sicily, it is a place where the Mediterranean sea find its limits with the earth, rocks are eroding with the blowing of the wind, the sun dries the vegetation grows shy between the voids left engraved in the stone of the cliffs.
A lighthouse stands at the extreme point of the Plemmirio’s peninsula, a strong landmark left from the Italian army, that subject to the passage of time, needs a contemporary meaning.
The idea of the competition was to convert this part of the territory in a new form of sustainable consciousness tourism, our idea is to occupy the existing buildings for administration and services, and to add a new landmark that would complement the existing landscape aspiring to the time scale of the lighthouse.
We thought that the building should give a sense of shelter to protect from the sun, that strongly crumbles on the coasts of this place, so the building is an adaptation of the monasteries typology the central courtyard is the distribution, the placement been carefully measured to create spatial tension with the existing building.
The plan is a square and hosts a circular courtyard, the drawing takes as reference the spatial sequences of the military architecture of the XX century, proposing a variety of spaces within the general matrix that articulates the elevations, leaving a spatial structure that is willing to receive different uses during the long term time ambition.
The white concrete walls, ensure the continuity with the tone of the existing landmarks and leave the possibility to the structure to resist time ambitioning the eternal character of military architecture.
Jorge Soares Mendes