A2M is located in a new building area on the top of Marina di Ragusa’s hill. The project has clear ambition: to tackle the field of social housing with a proposal that puts high quality domestic comfort standards before real estate market traditional approaches: maximum built volume and minimum construction costs. The project intends to ensure a correct sun light in the interior living environments, providing wide views of the surroundings and at the same time providing different units through the extension of private gardens and open spaces; proposing different typologies of floor plan and giving more importance to green areas before road construction. The original project brief asked the architects to design terraced house, reducing in this way the field of action. The study of the given brief led the design approach to an observation
of the the physical characteristics of the lot landscape and as solution the units were placed having the long side perpendicular to the North-South axis and parallel to the contour lines. This solution met the daylight and natural ventilation requirements, directing at the same time the view towards the sea and without affecting privacy to the individual units outdoor spaces. The result is a displaced system, in which 25 units are aggregated into 6 strips - 5 m deep each one oriented along the East-West direction - in which built volumes and green spaces alternate. The complex distribution is organized trough a one-way ring road path serving all units. Complex features: - 10 different types of separate units, avoiding the problem of uniformity of the array; - 25 units, differently arranged, form bands of various heights and volume distribu
tions, in which pergolas and paved areas are included; - Full length windows on opposite walls provide continuity between inside and outside, encouraging natural ventilation and ensuring the double exposure; - The inclusion of the garden on the long sides of the houses gives as well more privacy to the patios and verandas. - The large shaded outside areas increase the living areas surface. All the houses have views towards the sea. From the constructive viewpoint the apartments are built with a structure of beams and pillars in reinforced concrete, vertical walls are with hollow bricks coated with a plaster coat of 6 cm. The ground floors pavement are finished with ceramic tiles while the second deck floor is surmounted by an additional slab in flooring blocks lined with a waterproof membrane. This arrangement allows a better thermal insulation trough air chamber. On all the roofs have being installed photovoltaic panels and a system for collecting the rainwaters towards underground tanks also used for irrigation of gardens and common areas. Arch. Nunzio Gabriele Sciveres - He was born in Vittoria (ITA) in 1978. In 2003 he graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano. He also studied at ETSA de Sevilla and partecipated in several international workshops. Till 2009 worked with M.G.Grasso Cannizzo in Vittoria. In add to his professional practice, he carries on an academic activity working as a lecture at Politecnico di Milano and teaches Interior Design at NABA in Milan. His works have received the 1st Prize for the G.B.Vaccarini Quadranti d’Architettura, International Award B. Cappochin(2013) and Dedalo Minosse Prize(2014). He also received a Special mention for the Ugo Rivolta Prize and the project A2M SOCIAL HOUSING was finalist for the Medaglia d’Oro all’Architettura Italiana, A.Prize-Exposynergy and the Piranesi Award. His works have been exhibited at Triennale di Milano, Italian Cultural Institute of Tokyo, MAXXI in Rome and at the Italian Pavilion in the XIV Biennale di Architettura of Venice. He lives and works in Italy between Milan and Vittoria.