in Castiglione d'Orcia

CARAVANSERAI

Project by: MARCO PAGLIARA and LEYLA RAMELMEIER

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Scales of occupancy is crucial to how one feels a sense of belonging or purpose within a space. The act of becoming- as a resident, citizen, or worker- comes from how one constructs their private and public selves. Understanding spaces thus comes from reading their permanent versus transient qualities' their familiar versus social qualities; their reproductive or productive capacity. The cross gradient between these dichotomies helps rationalize spaces based on their intrinsic qualities relating to the human body and how the individual defines themselves through these principal readings. The way that one belongs to a space thus derives from how one experiences the difference between these readings.

The passage pulls people in from the piazza in front of the church through a very compressed crevice lined with personal work pods that create a connection between those freely walking through the site and those working in the most private interior spaces.

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In-between spaces are formalized between the central figures of the project. These figures give the readings of transient and permanent spaces by establishing, stretching, and blurring the edge conditions between programs. At a building scale, the envelopes of the terra-cotta ‘pots’ prompt movement and pause according to their edge conditions. Locally, these edges further become the boundary of permanent spaces, helping to mitigate the potential of polarizing one’s life harshly between labor and living.

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