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Chiesa Diruta Concert Hall and Municipal Library

Designed by

Constantinos Yanniotis/Yanniotis & Associates | Architects & Consulting Engineers

Vassilis Symeonidis, Architect NTUA

Title:

Chiesa Diruta Concert Hall and Municipal Library

Category:

Architectural Design Category

Location:

Grottole, Italy

Designer:

Constantinos Yanniotis/Yanniotis & Associates | Architects & Consulting Engineers

Website:

Konstantinos Xanthopoulos

Team:

Vassilis Symeonidis, Architect NTUA
Vassilis Symeonidis, Architect NTUA
Vassilis Symeonidis, Architect NTUA
Vassilis Symeonidis, Architect NTUA

Vassilis Symeonidis, Architect NTUA

Photo Credits:

Constantinos Yanniotis/Yanniotis & Associates | Architects & Consulting Engineers

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Chiesa Diruta is a proposal for the transformation of a Renaissance church located at Grottole-Italy into a vibrant Cultural Center consisting of a Concert Hall and a Municipal Library. The Concert Hall volume floats above the Foyer, thus freeing the space underneath in order to allow people to visit the monument and enjoy the view over the Basento river valley. The Municipal Library, accessible from the opposite side of the monument, is a hospitable space that develops in two levels. Both usages enhanced through gentle design gestures, create a unique landmark for the entire region.

The integration of the new Concert Hall was derived after an in depth research of the Architecture history of Renaissance Temples. The new development requires the design of spaces that intervene between the basic levels of the stone wall church. In order to differentiate the new building from the old monument, a reversible and flexible structure has been implemented. . A membrane layer protects the subfloor of the church. The metallic elliptical beams that provide stiffness to the concert hall structure, along with the wooden interior cover, reflect the stone groin vaults predecessors.

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