OPEN LIBRARY, FILICUDI ISLAND: This project was done at the VVITA Erasmus+ workshop at the Aeolian Islands, a group of vulcanic islands situated off the northern coast of Sicily, less more than 12 nautical miles from Cape of Milazzo. The name is referred to Aeolus, the Greek god of the winds, to highlight the windy conditions during the winter season.
The focus of this project lied on refurbishing a traditional Aeolian building with respect to cultural heritage, local context, rural landscape and sustainability. As a result of research and local fieldwork, an open library was proposed that would enable a book share between the locals and tourists as well at the same time provide space for community activities and events. The selected building has an unique ratio of indoor and outdoor space, where the small interior space could be used for only little interventions while the actual project should be located outdoors on the large bagghio (traditional Italian terrace). The proposal involves not touching any of the historical elements and preserve the building in its original state as a partial ruin and insert the new elements with a clear distinction between the old and new. A lightweight wooden framework structure is positioned outdoors with a hanging curtain system that resembles local culture and tradition of shading, as well as vizualizes the eponym of the islands. This structure can be seen as an art installation as well as functional object that allows space rearrangement, seating, exhibiting etc.
VVITA WORKSHOP, Aeolian Islands, 8-17 September 2018, MULTICULTURAL APPLIED STUDY ON RURAL SUSTAINABLE SPONTANEOUS HERITAGES
GROUP MEMBERS: Jessica Caruso, Giulia Fiore, Marija Katrina Dambe, Irhana Sehovic, Alexandru-Marian Marginean, Ana Maria Petrescu
Time for a #tbt to gorgeous Sicily and the Aeolian Islands - which surprised me with colourful villages, incredible views and even volcanic eruptions! For plenty more beautiful spots like this one, check out my latest blog post - link in profile 😊