Archeological Park of Tindari Tindari has exceptional archaeological potential, set in an equally unique landscape and natural environment. We have taken many aspects into account when drafting the project to enhance its beauty without obscuring it. This will be done by adopting solutions with little visual impact, with shapes, typological aspects, colours and materials that integrate well with the context, paying attention to the values that the places express. The four existing buildings: compositional aspects and design features It is fundamental for an innovative project to be able to unite the architectural solutions with the history of the surrounding landscape. The buildings relating to the antiquarium, offices, dressing rooms and services will be demolished and rebuilt maintaining the same outline. The buildings will be architecturally and materially coherent: architecturally, because although they are different in size they share the same formal language given by the gradual change in the slope of the roofs, running from south-east to north-west, and the large square windows at the ridge that illuminate the interiors through the zenithal light; materially, because the buildings are clad with four different materials known and commonly used by the inhabitants of Tindari in Roman, Republican and Imperial times. The toilets and the infirmary will be covered with handmade terracotta tiles: the regular use of terracotta is evidenced by the rich Corinthian capitals in the basilica and the bath buildings, of which a whole specimen is in the museum. The antiquarium, one of the most important buildings, upstream of the decumanus between the basilica and the theatre, will be re-proposed in chestnut wood, the most common workwood of the time. The dressing rooms (approx. 35 square metres) will be made of white opal glass and the use of this material will create an evocative theatrical atmosphere with plays of light and shadow. Particularly interesting in all the buildings is the relationship created between daylight and night. Entering during the day, one walks through a less well-lit area, only to be completely enveloped by zenithal light; conversely, at night, the approach with artificial light conveys a different sensation, accompanying the visitor with a temperature of light that changes during the journey. Architecture of the seasons and of the hours of the day: the play of light, calibrated by the different moments of the sun's transit, creates atmospheric effects and becomes the unifying element of all the buildings, set in a nature that expresses tranquillity and beauty, the serene setting of this archaeological area. It is like being illuminated by the natural light of the full moon and then gradually by oil lamps. Through the intelligent use of natural light, the design coherence becomes poetic, in a path that through new architecture, makes us perceive the breath of history. The service building The new building next to the Greek theatre sits on the existing sloping terrain. The slope represents the genius loci of the urban fabric of Tindari. For this reason, the different rooms are developed on different levels, containing the ticket office and offices, staff services, toilets, reception areas, two conference areas, bookshop, laboratories, teaching room, research area and storage. The vertical pathway linking the different levels is always dynamic, creating a flowing, differentiated space, different at different times of day and in different seasons due to the effect of the light entering from the inner courtyard and from the two sides of the building. There are two lifts which, together with mobile platforms, guarantee total accessibility for the disabled. The vertical distribution of the interior culminates in a large green roof, which ensures that the visitor does not perceive the new building as it disappears from view at the entrance; its boundaries are softened so that the size of the building itself is not perceived conceptually, making it an integral part of the land and context. The result is a natural dialogue between nature and architecture, an almost sacred sense of respect for the place, in harmony with the existing environment. Nature itself is transformed into architecture. Canopies, walkways and external routes The canopies protecting the areas with mosaic floors, specifically the canopies of the section on the Cardo N (121 sq.m.), of insula IV and of the Domus di Cercadenari (493 sq.m.), were designed with very light elements: a modular supporting structure, with a single-colour circular section with translucent parts that allow light to pass through them. The metal profiles rest on the ground by means of adjustable supports, so they lie perfectly on the ground without affecting it. Use of new technologies, C.A.M., LEED and WELL system Through the use of new technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality, significant places and monuments will be explored and enriched with new content and it will be possible to take a real journey through time among the natural and cultural treasures of the site. On the mobile device provided at the entrance, visitors will have access to an interactive map that will allow them to constantly view their position with respect to the route, through the geolocation system, as well as the interactive content available for each point of interest.
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