The Summit ;
[ruins, pools, and pavilions]
Collaborator: Claire Gaspin
Finalist Mention: YAC: Young Architects Competitions: Castle Resort, 2017
The Roccamandolfi Castle sits precariously atop a steep and rocky slope just northwest of the main city. Access to the castle begins at the southern edge of the hillside (+950m) and traverses upwards of 120m in elevation to the apex. As one approaches the resort from the road, they are greeted by a welcome center with car-parking and visitor check-in. Visitors can opt to for a day-pass (access to amenities and hiking trails) or an overnight(s) stay in the various cabin-types (landscape, castle, treehouse) which include VIP access to amenities and hiking trails, in addition to a morning food service. Amenities are located at the acropolis, atop the existing ruins of the Roccamandolfi Castle. Embedded into the ruins are a series of pools and pavilions, each housing a site-specific, fully immersive experience - including a shallow pool, deep pool, indoor “cauldron,” outdoor “cauldron,” indoor ice-bath, sauna room, hammam room, and a meditation sitting room. The cabins skirt down the hillside forming a subtle avalanche of small, modular dwellings - each limited to 25sm & light wood-frame construction.