A set of volumes born from the lines of the existing lighthouse are proposed, to showcase it in aim to allow the architecture and Murro di Porco’s enviroment to become a unique place. The project seeks the coalescence of existing buildings using the landscape as a resource.
Previous paths, drawn by human steps, are kept and tamed and new volumes that frame the sea and the existing architecture are set along it. Thermal baths are outlined as the final stage of the itinerary, wich would mean the gratest link between the landscape and the visitor through the water element. The aim of the new hotel is to act as an interlude, an element that achieves to join the parts in a whole to reach a unique experience.
From the legendary Colossus of Rhodes to the majestic Pha- ros of Alexandria, lighthouses have always marked human history, adquiring a crucial importance beyond the basic function of a warning facility: suggesting dream, adventure, fascination and mystery. Slender and solitary, the lighthouses are situated in wonderful and often uncontaminated ecosystems and are an inestima- ble legacy of the past.
On the cliff of Murro di Porco- a few kilometres from the historic center of Syracuse, is situated a lighthouse of supreme charm and value. The lighthouse of Murro di Porco was once lived-in but then it was gradually abandoned with the arrival of modern technologies. As it became a simple lantern, a place no longer inhabi- ted by humans, the lighthouse has progressively deteriorated as it often happens to many other coastal buildings.
“Valore Paese FARI” (Value Country LIGHTHOUSES) was created precisely in order to protect such heritage. It is a project of the Italian government to transform lighthouses into tourism and accommodation facilities. It was inspired by the idea of making the most of their valuable location and proximity to the sea to create dream-like accomodation able to reinvent the ancient lighthouses and reverse their degradation process.
On the basis of these gripping issues, YAC launches Ligh- thouse Sea Hotel in collaboration with the Italian government and thanks to the support of Rimini fair. This competition challenges the designers to let the beauty of these remote places fascinate them; to imagine a new future for these abandoned lighthouses by transforming them into tourism facilities beyond compare and to make their protection and possible conservation sustainable. Source by Álvaro Olivares Peralta.
- Location: Siracusa Italy
- Team members: Álvaro Olivares Peralta, Sevak Asatryan,
Esther Sanchis Llopis, Eduardo Sancho Calzada
- Year: 2016
- Images: Courtesy of Álvaro Olivares Peralta
Article by Marco Rinaldi