Category: Architechture

Nuragic Sardinia arrives in Milan

Sardinia keeps confirming itself among the great Italian protagonists of Expo 2015.

isle-towers-sardinia-milanOn this occasion, in fact, from May 6th to November 29th, the Civic Museum of Milan will host the exhibition “The Island of the towers, treasures of Nuragic Sardinia”.

Born to celebrate the figure of the tireless Sardinian archaeologist Giovanni Lilliu, the exhibition presents the main findings of the last two decades, thanks to which it was possible to redesign the history of the Nuragic civilization. More than a thousand exhibits, including many unprecedented or recently acquired, from all over Sardinia, as representatives of the many archaeological sites located throughout the island.

nuraghi-sardiniaAt the same time at Palazzo Litta, in front of the Civic Museum, will also take place an exhibition of photographs dating back to the ’80s, carried out by Gianni Berengo Gardin. The shots of Berengo Gardin was given, in 1985, the task of documenting the first stay of the Sardinian nuraghi in Milan.

30 years after that first meeting between the megaliths of Sardinia and the City of Milan, visitors are offered a new unmissable chance to immerse themselves in the surreal and magical atmosphere of these stone giants, mysterious and silent witnesses of an era that has deeply marked the history of the island and its role in the Mediterranean.

An interesting opportunity to witness the fascinating new meeting between two histories and two cultures that, while belonging to the same country, turn out to be profoundly different from each other.

Open Monuments 2015

On April 18th will begin the Nineteenth Edition of Open Monuments (“Monumenti Aperti”), which has become a fixed appointment for many municipalities of Sardinia and not only, at least for this year.

open-monuments-2015For the 2015 edition will be the 51 the Sardinian villages that will participate in the event, but the opening will feature two municipalities on the mainland: Mango and Santo Stefano Belbo, both in Piedmont. The weekends on the island will start during the celebrations of April 25th, and will continue until 31st May.

By now consolidated tradition, Open Monuments is an unmissable opportunity to discover and learn about the archaeological, historical, artistic and environmental treasures of a territory that has to offer a lot more than we used to believe. Sardinia is in fact the vacation paradise of your dreams, but also a land with a rich and deep-rooted cultural tradition to be discovered.

The event will open the doors of nearly 700 monuments, with the main objective to strengthen, especially in the younger generation, the sense of collective identity and belonging to their community, but also with the intent to value the enormous potential of growth and tourist development enclosed in a project that has by now reached a high level of participation and appreciation, both from organizers and from public.

Looking at 2015 calendar, enriched by 5 locations and a weekend more than last year, you will have plenty of choice: museums, churches, historic buildings, archaeological and natural sites, all authoritative witnesses of the priceless beauty of the most authentic Sardinia.

The beauty of Sardinia: star of Expo 2015.

sardinia-expo-2015The “Power of Beauty” is one of the four main themes thought for expositions of images that will characterize the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2015.

All regions will be represented by significant shots of their territory and their typical architecture. Of course Sardinia will be present, too.

The troupe that will look after the realization of the photos and movies has already landed on the island. The charm of Sardinia is immense, and this made the choice very difficult. Among the many proposals submitted by the Department of Tourism, Handicrafts and Commerce of the Region Sardinia, there are three locations selected to represent the region at the Universal Exhibition: the Archipelago of La Maddalena, the Geo-mineral Park of Sulcis and the eighteenth-century-hall-library-university-cagliari.

The aim of this initiative, patronized by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, is to accompany the visitor on a virtual journey through the most evocative views, the most spectacular territories and the most fascinating architectures of Italy.
The focus is on the promotion and enhancement of the “Italian Identities”, with all their geographical-natural, artisanal and artistic peculiarities.

An extraordinary journey that will reveal all the charm of a still little known Sardinia, giving you a whole new perspective from which to explore the island and its many wonders.

2014 European Heritage Days in Santa Teresa Gallura

From September 20th to 21st it will take place the 2014 European Heritage Days, an event designed to “strengthen and promote dialogue and exchanges in the field of culture between European countries” that boasts 628 events in Italy, 46 of which are in Sardinia.
2014-european-heritage-days-santa-teresa-galluraIn Santa Teresa you can visit, free, the archaeological complex of Lu Brandali and the Spanish Longosardo tower.

This initiative promoted by the Municipality in collaboration with the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage, Forestry Agency of Sardinia and Cooltour Cooperative Society of Santa Teresa di Gallura is designed to make discover and value the natural, archaeological and cultural heritage of the town, in a wider project of promotion of tourist arrivals, not only during the summer season.
The archeological site of Lu Brandali is one of the most relevant and best-preserved artifacts and is composed of a dolmen, a village, a tomb of the giants and a number of tombs and rock shelters. The dolmen consists of a main tower surrounded by a rampart and divided along its length by several watch towers which take advantage of the outcrops of rock.

longosardo-tower-santa-teresa-galluraOutside the complex the village that, from the analysis of artifacts seem to date back to a period between the fourteenth and tenth century BC and consisted of 36 huts mostly of circular form. Beside is a building built with large stones used presumably for funeral functions.

The Tower of Longosardo, built under the reign of Philip II, stands with his mighty battlements on the spur of rock that borders the town and is the largest built by the Spaniards in Sardinia. The circular tower is accessed by a stairs placed against the wall. On the opposite side of the dock you can still see the remains of the Castle of Longosardo almost completely destroyed by the Aragonese in 1418.

These splendid monuments witnessing an era of splendor can be visited freely on 20-21 September. For more information click here.

Italian Dream

The “Bel Paese” (“Beautiful Country”) does not betray its reputation.

According to a research published in June 2014 by the NAR, National Association of Realtors, in Washington, Italy is in fact the most sought after country by real estate investors from one year now.

italian-dreamFine art, delicious wine, historic sites, picturesque landscapes and fantastic food: these are the factors that have allowed Italy to climb to the top step of the podium, ahead of Jamaica and Mexico.

Places of incomparable charm, manufacturing products of the highest quality and a renowned throughout the world culinary tradition make Italy the most sought-after country by those seeking their dream home.

The perfect combination of nature, culture and tradition make the Italian peninsula an ideal place for everyone, young and old, able to fulfill the most simple dreams, but also to meet the expectations of the most demanding.

Fabulous houses in natural settings that look like masterpiece paintings: if that’s what you always wanted, what are you waiting to come to Italy?

September boom for tourism in Sardinia

The expectations of Sardinia for this season 2014, marked by the unusual bad weather, were not the best, however from mid-August there was a real boom in bookings.

sardiniaBecause of the increasingly massive spread of Last Minute offers, summer holidays are booked with less and less advance, making it impossible to make reliable predictions and estimates of the number of incoming tourists.

Coldiretti announces nearly 5 million “autumn” tourists and Sardinia is among the most popular destinations.
In this particular time of year is indeed an ideal destination for both those who love the sea and the beach life and lovers of cultural holidays. The data reported by the transport companies, both aerial and naval, are encouraging and let us expect a September of great activity.

If the charm of unspoiled nature and crystal clear sea of Sardinia are globally famous, the inland wonders are still little known and to be discovered, and the moment when the hot Sardinian summer goes forward to the milder autumn is the best to take advantage of it. History, art, folklore and handicrafts enclose all the charm of a local centuries-old tradition. The sardiniaflagship is the food and wine, which boasts typical products ranging from cheeses to exquisite wines, from fresh seafood to desserts made with local honey.

Among the many initiatives stands out “Autumn in Barbagia“. Born in 1996 as a local initiative of the municipality of Oliena, over the years the event has expanded, involving up to 29 municipalities in a cultural and gastronomic really unmatched route, able to involve the visitors in the charming atmosphere of the island. The broad subscription of various local realities caused the duration of this journey in the heart of Sardinia to be extended to cover, for this year, a period of over three months, from September 5th to December 14th.

Once again Sardinia proves to be a land with variegated and infinite resources, able to reinvent itself and enhance its wealth, while respecting environment and tradition.

 

[Source: L’Unione Sarda]

Villa Sa Contissa the ideal bond of nature and architecture

In the heart of Costa Smeralda, not far from Porto Cervo , lies Villa Sa Contissa prestigious villa, designed by Luca Scacchetti Architects known for its interdisciplinary approach to the project and the constant search for a formal and spatial relationship with the surrounding environment .

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The house of 800 square meters has been designed to merge with the natural environment which consists of a granite hill, similar to a terrace that overlooks the sea. The construction components enhance the breathtaking panorama that allows you to admire the sunrise and sunset. Villa Sa Contissa , thanks to the numerous verandas and covered outdoor areas , creates a relationship of spatial continuity between inside and outside, the boundaries become extremely unstable and inconsistent. The garden is an extension of the house and its interiors, with rooms that continue merging naturally in the countryside.

The vision of the project aims to highlight the uniqueness of the site where the villa is set, giving the project a strong and individual character related to the location and nature rather than to abstract technical virtuosity. All areas of the villa are joined together through horizontal connections or minute ladders which led into a series of “green squares ” , with light and plantings in local species ._mg_6964
In accordance with the paradigm of Scacchetti firms and the ideas of sustainable architecture and modern construction techniques , the relationship between inside and outside is the central element of the project in which each room has its completion in an outdoor space.

Even the relationship between tradition and innovation / modernity is among the core elements of the project. The firms dedicate to every area and detail the same attention and total commitment, to achieve the best results.
The materials and color refers to the local tradition in the use of stone, wood and refined handicraft. The result is a unique construction perfectly integrated into the landscape, able to avoid a building too massive or too monumental.

Spring 2013 in Gallura

The Association Stazzi and Cussogghji, sponsored by Sardinia Region and the Province of Olbia-Tempio, kicks off the second edition of “Stazzi and Cussogghji – Spring in Gallura,” a traveling exhibition organized with the collaboration of 9 municipalities in the province : Bortigiadas, Santa Teresa, Aglientu, Tempio, Trinità d’Agultu, Luras, Aggius, Luogosanto and Sant’Antonio.

Primavera Gallura - Stazzi e CussogghjiSubtitle of this serious event is “With the ox cart on the trails of memory,” to suggest the direction of the path that awaits the participants, a journey back in time to discover the tradition by means of the typical Sardinian countryside. The program includes a series of nine thematic meetings, each one in one of the nine towns participating in the initiative.

The first event will be “The ‘chea’ and the craft of charcoal”, on 4 and 5 May in Bortigiadas, a town where still today live and work some coal miners.

Second step in Santa Teresa di Gallura, on 11 and 12 May, which will be the scenography to “Land and Sea: flavors, traditions and culture”, and then continue to Aglientu on 18 and 19 May where there will be the meeting “The stazzo and the sea”.

Their next destination will be Tempio, 25 and 26 May, where they will talk about “Peasant culture and ancient crafts”.

It continues in Luras, on 8 and 9 June, where the focus will be on “S’alte lurisinca” an event to raise awareness and deepen the local craft tradition of the cork.

On 15 and 16 June, in Aggius, the ox-cart, protagonist of this cultural journey, will be in the foreground. It will be possible to participate in the re-enactment of transhumance along rural paths.

It will then be the turn of Luogosanto on 22 and 23 June, characterized by its many picturesque country churches, which will be an interesting starting point for a deepening of the local religious tradition during the meeting “The ‘prigunta’ and rural churches.”

In closing, “The civilization of the ‘stazzi’ “, which will take place in Sant’Antonio di Gallura on 29 and 30 June.

Fascinating realities and suggestive atmospheres await those who will decide to take part in this exciting experience. A journey to discover the deeper roots of Sardinia and its people.

Open House Immobilsarda 2013

Open House Immobilsarda 2013

The holiday week April 25 – May 1, 2013 will offer to lovers of Sardinia a further opportunity.

Immobilsarda, leading agency in Real Estate on the Sardinian territory for more than 30 years, has decided to renew the Open House events. The offices of Porto Cervo, Santa Teresa di Gallura, Porto Rafael and Capo Ceraso will be open and their staff will be at your disposal.

It will be possible to be guided to discover the most charming properties guarded from the island, to appreciate the accuracy of the details and the personality that each of them expresses, to admire picturesque views that no other corner of the world can offer.

In addition, the team Immobilsarda awaits you in its showroom at Piazzetta degli Archi in Porto Cervo, where will be happy to offer you a drink and make you enjoy a “taste of Gallura.”

The architectural phenomenon of Costa Smerlda

The birth of Costa Smeralda in the early ’60s wasn’t just a political and economic phenomenon, but a real cultural revolution. It marked the beginning of a new tourist development in the area and attracted, thanks to the figure of the patron Karim Agha Khan, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, and groups of philanthropists from all over the world, who worked together to transform 5000 acres of unspoiled land in one of the most prestigious coasts of the Mediterranean.

porto cervo chiesaFrom the beginning, they acted respecting the environment and its ecosystem, making it accessible with the necessary infrastructures. To ensure a sustainable development, regulations on landscape protection and laws to defend the costal heritage were issued since the 70’s.

The first settlements like Porto Cervo, were designed by architects such as Luigi Vietti, Jacques Cuelle, Michele Busiri Vici etc. that gave birth to the so-called Mediterranean style, distinctive of Costa Smeralda and based on simple shapes, repeated arches, evident volumes, and pastel-colored plaster to pursue a “natural” integration with the territory.
The development designed by these artists had as common guidelines a deep respect for nature together with great attention in the choice of materials, and the use of simple and elitist architectural formulas, designed to enhance the natural environment. Starting Villa Couellefrom that base they tried to give their own personal and professional touch, creating unique architectural episodes, quite original.

  The architecture of Jacques and Savin Cuelle, father and son, original artists from Swiss, is characterized by plasticity and creativity in the use of building elements and materials, which creates a constant contamination between the arts of sculpture and architecture. Often, their construction takes the form of sculptures where the stiffness of lines and angles gives way to soft, rounded lines.
Great attention is given to the use of materials typical of the area, especially granite and wood, building edifices with curved lines, vaulted ceilings, twisted juniper beams, unique niches and many elaborate details using rare materials.

Jean-Claude Lesuisse, Savin Cuelle’s student, takes inspiration from natural elements like sea wind and rocks, trying to catch nature’s breath and movement and to express them in a spontaneous architecture which constantly listen to nature and men, undermining the old standards and the so-called mental symmetries: an organic architecture in an original and preserved environment.

Luigi Vietti, designer of some of the most famous venues in Porto Cervo was perhaps the most careful interpreter of Mediterranean style, creating masterpieces such as the village of Porto Cervo and numerous residential complexes, characterized by wide open spaces and an innovative concept of luxury, based on the essentiality of expressive forms and the use of quality materials.

Stile MediterraneoMichele Busiri Vici has developed a unique style inspired by Mediterranean Architecture, characterized by extremely soft architectural forms, exterior coated with plaster, and repeated decorative elements (such as chimneys, the arches, triangular slots, the tile and ceramics Mediterranean) which make a decisive contribution to the creation of the contemporary landscape of Costa Smeralda.

In addition to the unique natural features, that have made it famous throughout the world, Sardinia boasts a remarkable architectural heritage, which over time has influenced its urban development, trying to capture and return the most authentic aspects of this land.