A monolith facing the sea and dialoguing with the landscape

Studio Marco Ciarlo Associati

This project involves the adaptive reuse of a building from the early twentieth century known as “Il Faro” (The Lighthouse), which had fallen into a state of total ruin. Located in a privileged position directly on a beachfront site, a few metres from the water’s edge, the original building consisted of a main and a secondary volume and was constructed in cut stone laid directly on two flanking outcroppings of stone. The remaining parts of the building were constructed in load bearing brick masonry with a wood truss and clay tile roof. The new design maintains the bones of the original building and respects both its sculptural dimension and the rhythm of the existing openings. The architectural solution proposed seeks a formal and chromatic relationship with the landscape, in an attempt to configure a new identity: a monolith that appears to have risen directly out of the sand and rocks below it.

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