COMPLEXITY AND CONTRADICTION
Ruin and innovation, an arcadian lyrical dream in the Southern Italian Countryside, modernity meets picturesque. Embracing the challenge of old and new to create a vivid architecture in the Landscape. Architectural ambiguity acting as the basis for a piece that explores the contrast and clarity of the selectiveness of content and language of the Modernists and the complexity of the original baroque ruin. Which ultimately gives rise to a sophisticated unity of the elements, “both-and”.
Simple ordered modern functional elements are inserted into the huge scale historic ruin in order to create a gentle harmony. The “ honky tonk “ ( Robert Venturi) and diverse nature of the existing built environment a perfect foil for the clear uncompromising design, gives rise to a richness and variety, a new order.