Palazzo Senza Tempo

Palazzo Senza Tempo

Architecte
Mario Cucinella Architects S.r.l
Lieu
Peccioli, Pisa, Italy | View Map
Année du projet
2021
Catégorie
Centres culturels
Andrea Testi

Palazzo Senza Tempo

Mario Cucinella Architects S.r.l en tant que Architectes.

Designed by Mario Cucinella Architects for the historic centre of Peccioli, Palazzo Senza Tempo is a response to the municipal administration’s desire to encourage new cultural programmes and commercial activity while enhancing the built heritage of this Medieval Tuscan hill town.

photo_credit Duccio Malagamba
Duccio Malagamba

“Peccioli is a real laboratory”, says Mario Cucinella. “In the project we wanted to carry on the idea that historical centres can give themselves a new life with contemporary elements, not living only in the past.”

photo_credit Duccio Malagamba
Duccio Malagamba

Centred on a piazza overlooked by the Pisan Romanesque church of San Verano, Peccioli - set high above vineyards and olive groves - commands widespread views of the unspoiled Era Valley.A public building, Palazzo Senza Tempo comprises a range of renovated and re-purposed town houses dating from as early as the 14th Century set along Peccioli’s via Carraira. Facing east from the very edge of the town, these enjoy direct views across the valley. The old houses are now connected both internally and externally to a wholly new two-storey building rising from via dei Bastioni below.

photo_credit Duccio Malagamba
Duccio Malagamba

New cantilevered piazza adds 21st century layer to Peccioli townscape

Spread over several levels, together the old and new elements of the palazzo complex comprise apartments, galleries for temporary and permanent exhibitions, study and co-working spaces, a multimedia library, a café and restaurant, public meeting rooms and a spectacular cantilevered 600 m2 terrace, or piazza, projecting over the landscape beyond.

photo_credit Duccio Malagamba
Duccio Malagamba

“Even the new terrace is like a bridge connecting a landscape that looks like a painting from the 1500s and the modern world.”, says Mario Cucinella. “With the opening of Palazzo Senza Tempo, Peccioli launches an important theme, that of communities and their public places. It shows the courage to do something ambitious, while respecting history, and, to keep the citizens of an old Tuscan hill town young people”.Views from here are across the Era Valley and back to the renovated buildings on via Carraira and the tower of San Verano rising above Peccioli’s narrow streets and steep alleys.

photo_credit Duccio Malagamba
Duccio Malagamba

Inside the Revisited Palazzo

The facades of the renovated buildings along via Carraira incorporate voids, skylights and bay windows that, designed to add new points of view from the interior to the town, bring welcome daylight inside. A new glass roof placed over the passage of a historic courtyard completes the visual permeability of the spaces. The renovated buildings on via Carraira form an interconnected whole interspersed by rooms with venerable wood beamed ceilings and, unexpectedly, a dramatic open stone stair. In this way, the architects’ response to the building reflects the essential characteristics of the organic plan of Italian hill towns with their successions of tight, curving narrow alleys leading to wide and open civic spaces. A walk through these towns is an adventure of visual surprise, as it is through the re-purposed spaces of Palazza Senza Tempo.

photo_credit Duccio Malagamba
Duccio Malagamba

The surprise continues when, whether reached externally down a monumental public stair or internally, the palazzo reveals its new two-storey building. Glazed on three sides, this provides framed views of the landscape beyond tall windows. Stepping up and down several levels, lined in wood and with a detailed level of craftsmanship, this is a contemporary building that pays full respect to the historic fabric and setting of Peccioli. It demonstrates how truly modern structures can be a natural part of Italian hill towns wishing to be far more than living museums.

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photo_credit Mario Cucinella Architects
Mario Cucinella Architects

From Medieval to Modern

Mario Cucinella Architects design for Palazzo Senza Tempo demonstrates how new architecture in dialogue with the public life of a town and its historic fabric can create fresh life and activity.  It is exemplary of the potential for new vitality outside the big cities and the way in which the adaptive reuse of historic buildings is a wholly viable part of this development.  Palazzo Senza Tempo is a landmark project in demonstrating a bold yet befitting remodelling approach to Italy’s Medieval hill towns.

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