Kornelija (2005)
Europan 8 - Dubrovnik, HR

with Sandro Bisà, Marco Ferrari, Matteo Ghidoni, Fabio Gigone, Michele Marchetti, Giuseppe Passuello, Luca Racchini, Luca Zammarchi


Even on the most remote locations of Croatian coast cyclic tourist pressure is inducing sudden and chaotic transformations; while the intrinsic slowness of planning tools denies the possibilities to drive, control and organize existing growth dynamics. Here the proliferation of single parcel houses generated an isomorphic landscape, interrupted only by the haughtiness of big hotel complex.

Mapping the genetic code of the sampled urban ecosystem, and the recognition of its specific character allows the definition of a taxonomy of micro devices, and prefigure their plug in the context of Dubrovnik. These new devices mutate and complete the discovered code like evolved organisms, from which they emulate the aggregative modalities.
Complex filaments formed by the opposition of heterogeneous substances, dense agglomerate generated by their attraction and microscopic spores, scattered throughout the territory, create Kornelija, an environmental meta-organism in which the distinction between natural and artificial becomes fluid, in witch program and landscape are melted together, compressing and hybridating existing spatial relations.

Kornelija is an urban meta-organism composed by three distinct parts strictly related to each other:

It’s its hardest part, the dense nucleus, a big circular container in which necessary spaces to the most urban functions coagulate. Two levels of underground parking spaces form Kornelija’s belly. The garden roof that covers Kornelija’s nucleus it’s a flat surface in continuity with the surrounding orography, which gives access to the interior of the organism, or simply to the panoramic view of the bay.

The new surface reorganizing the area of the beach and its immediate surroundings constitutes Kornelija’s skeleton, its sustaining structure.
An equipped ribbon of aggregated devices mediates the transition between the beach and the residential area, and connects Kornelija to the capillary system of pedestrian routes that crosses the entire urban tissue.

Kornelija’s nerves, small fragments detached from the main filament, partial and specific urban devices able to open new relations within the urban ecosystem they need to interact with.

Kornelija has a nucleus constituted by a translucid skin, in which a series of compact and specialized spaces, inside different containers, are floating. The main filament is a long wooden route on a constant dialogue with the elements of the landscape. Spores are made of light materials and green elements.