Solace in the Incomplete

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Harshwardhan Shivpurkar; Shakti Jadhav; Sharvil More; Shrutee Patil
Reuse Italy
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Competition Brief:
ReUse Italy has the long term goal of focusing the public attention on its issue, promoting cultural activities to bring back life into those ruins and activating reuse process.
Narrative:
The proposal puts forth a holistic program to introduce Grottole in an indigenous manner, making the ruined church a prime tourist destination while retaining its cultural identity. The design aims at glorifying the broken crown- Chiesa Diruta, a lost symbol of the town and reviving the past sentiments of the people while reconnecting them back to the church. Chiesa Diruta, acts as a focal point of the town offering a vantage point through which the entire village of Grottole is seen. Building on the cultural roots of the town with performing arts, ceramics and wine acting as aids, the proposal works towards reincarnating the town and its life.

The use of wire mesh as a material is what works to capture the essence of the church. The wire mesh helps in completing the church without actually completing the building. This intervention allows the user to experience the space as a single entity without stealing away from the essence of the ruins. The church appears to be completed from far, but as the users approach closer to the church, they seem to connect with the ruins and experience them better.
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