in Maremma

Excavated Healing

Project by:

Caroline Ditzler, Meenu Pillai

STUDIO X

EXCAVATED HEALING aims to redefine the garden space through formal manipulation, user engagement, and materials integration for the working bodies of the Carrara Marble Quarry above the Maremma Region. The garden leads the user through a procession of thermal baths and healing rooms for rehabilitation, where the architecture carves in and out of the ground and forms possess qualities of excavation. Inside these carved, dank spaces, themes of intimacy are introduced as man connects with man in a meditative state.

These near views inform the dank atmosphere of the spa, highlight the excavated forms, and capture the stepped ground conditions. The embedding between tile and ground begins to inform paths to entrances as the clay, native to the Ombrone River, interacts with the stone through facade detailing.

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These near views inform the dank atmosphere of the spa, highlight the excavated forms, and capture the stepped ground conditions. The embedding between tile and ground begins to inform paths to entrances as the clay, native to the Ombrone River, interacts with the stone through facade detailing.

Our past research on the Carrara marble quarries looked at how man interacts with the Earth’s stepped terrain and the heavy machinery involved with quarry work. These elements later informed our research with the worker’s injured body and figure ground forms.

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