House in Palazzolo

Francesco Venezia – Project for a house in palazzolo Acreide, Sicily Italy, 1988-1989

A cave, a large staircase, a basement, a porch and a well
The landscape of Palazzolo Acreide, a village in the Hyblean plateau, is dominated by the presence of necropolis and rocky settlements.
The lot shows the singular condition of these places: a sloping site on a limestone quarry with a cave. A large staircase, winding around this void, leads to the volume of the house: - below, a base resting on the rock bench overlooking the cave; - above, a porch (under which the living area is freely articulated) with a headboard body - pre-existing ruin to be rebuilt.
A well - fulcrum around which the entire house is built - connects the cave, basement, porch and sky.

Francesco Venezia, Architectures in Sicily, 1980-1993

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