SPA AND ROOMS BETWEEN CAVE AND CITY WALL
[…] “It is impossible for the inhabitants of different worlds to walk or sit or stand on the same floor because they have differing conceptions of what is horizontal and what is vertical. Yet they may well share the use of the same staircase. On the top staircase illustrated here, two people are moving side by side and in the same direction, and yet one of them is going downstairs and the other upstairs. Contact between them is out of the question because they live in different worlds and therefore can have no knowledge of each other’s existence.” […]
“ASCENDING DESCENDING” is about an old multi-level edifice nailed into the belt city walls that is a former part of the town’s history. During the first survey, we discovered an intricate system of tunnels behind an old door. Those caves and paths were a legacy of the Middle Ages and a sort of escape route in case of assaults. The principal tunnel was well-preserved, but the development was interrupted due to a landslide. The construction, built around this structure, was like an intricate tangle of stairs designed to get you into different levels. Over the years and overall owners, the architecture had lost its logicality, so we had to solve a puzzle. What do we have to do with the caves? What are we supposed to do with all the impracticable stairs? The client wanted to create a luxury B&B with two suites with a shared spa space. He asked for two opposite styles for the rooms and to find a space for wellness facilities. We delivered a proposal that includes the following contents: a thermal pool designed from the restoration of the ancient tunnel (shared spa);
- a new steel staircase that directly connected the floors;
- a middle-aged style suite;
- a contemporary-style apartment.
We’re using innovative resins to restore the brick vaults and to isolate and sanitize the original earth floor. We applied a clay base plaster to heal the walls of the rooms, while structurally, we reinforced the brick floors with composite meshes. We completed the work with the tailor-made design of the apartment furniture.
LOCATION: CASTELFIDARDO (AN), IT