Centro Culturale Intercomunale San Domenico
Studio: Pietro Carlo Pellegrini+Portoghesi+Casamonti+Cucurullo+Nicosia
Project: Centro Culturale Intercomunale San Domenico
Credit: Lamberto Rubino
Design, technological and material choices were taken based on recognizability, reversibility, compatibility, and minimal intervention.
The courtyard, the stairs, the false ceilings and the partitions have an iron framework with elements in wood, iron or stone while as a mark of respect for tradition the flooring is in Comiso stone and the light and sunny colours of the materials blend with the context and create a single-coloured atmosphere.
The Portoghesi staircase, inspired by the archetypal shape of the tree whose stem thins out as it reaches each floor and from which subtle and elegant branches that support the steps extend, is one of the significant features of the design in which the reference to Nature is expressed in an architectural form.
The design of the garden looks for its identifying characteristics in the gentle slopes of the land, the plantations and the built elements.
The trees in the Sicilian garden are native, a visual and olfactory perception which acts as a reference to the Islamic “gardens of paradise” and which contributes to the enjoyment of the surrounding green space.
The large green area is surrounded by a wall.
The design of the courtyard is sober in inspiration, a space to be used for events where the only elements introduced are the fountain and the three palms, a sort of “oasis” inserted in the sun-kissed ancient “claustrum” of the former convent.