VALLEY OF ASSISI | PERUGIA | ITALY
In Italy, one of the most beautiful sites chosen as the best location for weddings by lovers from all over the world is, without any doubt, Castello di Rosciano (Rosciano castle). This Etruscan fortress, thanks to its thousand-year history and timeless charm, is a fabulous site. The castle setting is composed of walls, courtyards and romantic and cozy spaces overlooking the marvellous valley of Assisi; one of the most extraordinary countrysides in Italy. This remarkable site didn’t go unnoticed by the company Corradi- leader in the design of living outdoor. They felt that the castle was the ideal location for new architectural solutions with a deep relation with nature: extensions, pavilions and new architectural elements able to enhance such a sublime location as the perfect context for exclusive and splendid weddings. The Wedding Oasis competition was run by YAC (Young Architects Competitions)
The brief comprised a restaurant pavilion, and temporary wedding reception pavilions to include a ceremony pavilion seating up to 100 guests located in the terrace facing Assisi; all of them creating an open dialogue with the surrounding area able to make the most of the beauty of the site whilst offering protection and enhancing the context.
Our concept featured repeating modules forming an undulating canopy around the site under which all the activities of the day could happen. We create a cranked diamond shape using a fixed number of triangles to create a 3D structure that flowed whilst being made up of regular deconstruct-able elements.
To ensure ease of assembly, there are only five types of fixings required to link the modules together, via a simple nut and bolt arrangement. The connectors are pre-fabricated at the required angles, and colour coded/stamped to match the diamonds. Simple coded ‘IKEA Style’ assembly sheets for each section of canopy specify where each type is required.
We proposed translucent fabric sails held in tension to soften the structure and ensure a uniform cutting pattern. This gives opportunities to experiment with alternative textiles such as acoustic materials, integrated solar panels and different opacities.