WHAT

WHO

HOW MUCH

HOW

PROGRAM
FINANCING
ABSOLUTE DIMENSIONS
RELATIVE DIMENSIONS
DESIGN STRATEGY

SURFACE EXTENSION

SURFACE REDUCTION

VOLUME EXTENSION

VOLUME REDUCTION

STRUCTURE

MATERIAL

IMAGE

84 PROJECTS

Variation of modes of use: functions, users, schedules, etc.

Relationship between the ownership and the form of the investment that allows the transformation

Variation of the overall dimensions of the building

Proportional relationship between new spaces and existing spaces

Relationship between the structural adjustments and the existing structure

Relationship between the forms and types of pre-existing materials and those of the new intervention

Relationship between the image of the new and the image of the existing (mimesis / contrast)

LOCATION

Siracusa

ARCHITECTS / FIRM

Vincenzo Latina with Silvia Sgariglia

YEAR

2003

40 Vincenzo Latina – Artemis Garden


PROJECT - Main Infos

PROJECT: 40 Vincenzo Latina – Artemis Garden

LOCATION: Siracusa

YEAR: 2003

ARCHITECT / FIRM: Vincenzo Latina with Silvia Sgariglia

BUYER: Municipality of Siracusa

SURFACE: 1.000 sqm

PRICE: € 93.000

DESCRIPTION:
"...the Municipal Administration of Syracuse has entrusted the task of extraordinary maintenance of the area of S. Sebastianello, between the Senatorial Palace and the Town Hall in Via Minerva. The mythological re-enactment of the place, suggested instead the creation of the garden of Artemis ...".

WHAT - Program


TOTAL CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: The functional program remains the original one.

DESCRIPTION:
The realization of the garden of Artemis is only the first phase of a global intervention, which also concerns the arrangement of the "free" area on Via Minerva through the construction of a pavilion access to the excavations of the Ionic Temple. According to a process of vivification of historical memory and mythological imagery, the aim was to recover both the potential of a strongly stratified area and some of the original meanings of the places, responding to the suggestions inspired by the strong mythological connotation of the site. This space was thus imagined as an "offering" to Artemis who, in the mythological imagination, is represented as a virgin goddess of fertility, protector of wild beasts, forests, and nymphs.

WHO - Financing


TOTAL CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: The investor is the property owner.

DESCRIPTION:
Municipality of Siracusa

HOW MUCH - Absolute Dimensions

- SURFACE present EXTENSION,

PREVALENT CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: The overall dimensions increase moderately with respect to the pre-existing surface.

- VOLUME present NO VARIATION,

TOTAL CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: The overall dimensions are equal to the pre-existing volume.

DESCRIPTION:
The works created were imagined as "devices" designed for the natural flora of the site. In fact, after a few months from the end of the works, the spontaneous essences have conquered again their natural space through a natural and cyclical "invasion" of the garden. It is a lush vegetation, among which prevails the Ailanthus Altissima, also called the tree of heaven or paradise.

HOW MUCH - Relative Dimensions


TOTAL CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: There are no new spaces.

DESCRIPTION:
The steel crack that gives shape to the fence works directly with nature and on nature, highlighting its centrality: it welcomes inside the indigenous plant species that suddenly come out, and then disappear cyclically in a play of shadows caused by the thick foliage of some shrubs.

HOW - Design Strategy STRUCTURE


TOTAL CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: The original supporting structure is fully preserved and there are no new structures.

DESCRIPTION:
The interventions carried out are mainly reversible, low-impact and compatible with the archaeological characteristics of the site. In fact, the various differences in level in the area, the remains of past excavation campaigns about to collapse, were contained by sheets of oxidized steel, mounted "dry", which demarcate the differences in level of the garden and are arranged as a regular sequence of separate panels, characterized by steel mesh gratings.

HOW - Design Strategy MATERIAL


TOTAL CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: The materials chosen for the new intervention are similar to the pre-existing ones.

DESCRIPTION:
The most exciting moment is in spring when nature-Artemide becomes present, not only as an object of contemplation, but as a living material and material of architecture, to no extent an artifact. Spontaneous essences invade the place: the cold steel plates of the fence and the overlapping perimeter wefts of electrowelded mesh incorporate and frame the flowers of different colors that resurface with great vigor.

HOW - Design Strategy IMAGE


TOTAL CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: The new intervention is in total mimetic continuity with the existing structures.

DESCRIPTION:
What made the area particularly fascinating was its decade-long abandonment, the cause of the great bud of spontaneous essences, which suggested creating an intimate interweaving between the artifice of the intervention and the spontaneous force of nature and the plant essences present.