Under the direction of architect Dario Cottone, the young Italian firm recently won an international competition in the historical center of Caltanissetta, Sicily. Cottone’s project focuses on a red ribbon that aims to link the older historic parts of the 16,000 square meter site with the emerging contemporary areas. Further project description and more images after the break. Cottone’s ribbon is not a way to separate the vastly different time periods but rather an attempt to unite the two. The ribbon is a continuous fluid element that runs through the streets, across the facades, and through buildings in the site. The flexibility of vinyl-ester resin and glass fiber reinforcements allows the ribbon to flow through the site organically because the form is not constrained by material qualities.
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