Area: 2,500 Smq
Client: Fondazione Nemesis
Project time: 2013
The city of Matera is very well known for its houses built in stones. Its urban fabric has historically allowed the relationships between its inhabitants, thanks to the presence of small shared terraces, the proximity between balconies and views, and the sharing of passage areas for common use. Hence the desire of the city to request a design competition to elaborate the Social Housing theme, reinterpreting the relationship between public and private spaces in today's city.
This project was developed within the scope of the competition organised by Nemesis Group and elaborated the housing theme with great attention to the interaction between public and private spaces. Two asymmetric shapes face each other, delimiting a small private courtyard and a new private "park" area for public use. Green is conceived as a "dynamic space" organized by areas: more intimate spaces for the residences and more extroverted spaces for the district. The presence of water is the fundamental and generating element of this project. In addition to their aesthetic characteristics, the water pools also improve the microclimate of the courtyard and of the "park" in the hottest periods of the year, diluting the air.
The green for public use receives and absorbs the needs of the greenery-free surroundings. An area intended for the whole district, but mainly designed for the children and the elderly.
In this area there is also a block suitable for the connection of the car park below, and a "green" wall that hides the ramp and delimits the public garden, shielding it from the passage of cars. The car park, designed to meet the usual needs, has been oversized to include an aera intended for car-sharing; a service suitable to reduce the use of cars owned by the new inhabitants of the complex, over the time. A covered area, with a strong plastic impact and recognisable on the façade in Via Galileo Galilei, has been reserved to the shelter of EPACs (Electric Pedal Assisted Cycle), both to cope with the complex orographic features of Matera and to encourage their use.