TEMPORARY HOUSING AT THE CAPPUCCINO VECCHIO CHURCH IN MATERA
A new concept of community in a suggestive site of the Murgia Materana Park
OSA architettura e paesaggio
These new apartments added to an existing complex by the Caritas Diocese of Matera-Irsina are inserted in a particularly suggestive site, rich with history. The six apartments belong to the “Nazareth” program, a project developed to host the needy and migrants in temporary housing for a limited period of time, in order to permit a continuous rotation of new guests. The structure is also used for tourism/hospitality to promote new employment opportunities, supporting the integration of the needy by seeking to implement a no-profit programme that provides hospitality and job opportunities for unemployed young people. The apartments are reached via a tufa stone stair set against a perimeter wall. The stair leads to an upper level with a broad belvedere-terrace. The new structure is positioned between the terrace and the roofs of existing buildings. The tongue of land on which the apartments are located is in reality an embankment. A series of courts accessible solely from inside the units were carved out to bring natural air and light inside.