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Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & SPA / Simone Micheli

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Spa  · 
Matera, Italy
  • Architects: Simone Micheli
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 5000.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

From Underground Slum to European Capital of Culture: Matera, the Subterranean City of Caves

Above a steep canyon cut by the fast flowing water of the River Gravina lies one of the oldest communities in the world, whose architecture is defined by the rocks among which it sits. Matera, found in the southern Italian region of Basilicata, is a picture-perfect, white-stone city that originates from a prehistoric troglodyte settlement. The area’s special caves were used as a natural shelter from the harsh climate as early as 10,000 BC and, while the city has developed a unique, more modern personality alongside its cave-dwelling past, its success and perception has always be tied to its historic core—giving Matera a long and storied history that will culminate in a stint next year as a European Capital of Culture. Through the photos Federico Scarchillii, we can see the uncommon beauty and opportunity in this settlement.

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Voids and Canopies Feature in Stefano Boeri Architetti's Renovated Transport Hub in Southern Italy

Stefano Boeri Architetti has released images of their proposed renovation of Matera Central Station in Southern Italy. Matera Central FAL railway station will be structurally altered through an “aesthetic and functional redevelopment together with technological upgrading of the railway itself.”

The proposal seeks to alter the existing hierarchy of space in the city by making the transport hub a genuine and significant urban landmark, rather than simply an infrastructural node. The scheme is therefore designed to incorporate a recognizable, pedestrianized public square, forming connections with the nearby historic city center.

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3rd Impact: The Identity Paradox. The Relationship Between Architecture, Comics and Photography

The exhibition "3rd Impact: The Identity Paradox. The relationship between architecture, comics and photography” (In italian “3rD Impact: il paradosso dell'identità. Rapporto tra Architettura, Fumetto, Fotografia”) begins in Matera (Italy) December 28, with the presentation at 10:30 in the church of the former hospital of San Rocco.

Corte San Pietro Hotel / Daniela Amoroso

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Hotels  · 
Matera, Italy
  • Architects: Daniela Amoroso
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 500.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012