Centro Culturale Intercomunale San Domenico by Pietro Carlo Pellegrini, Portoghesi, Casamonti, Cucurullo, Nicosia

PROJECT Centro Culturale Intercomunale San Domenico
ARCHITECT Pietro Carlo Pellegrini, Portoghesi, Casamonti, Cucurullo, Nicosia
LOCATION Canicattì/Italy
YEAR 2018
PHOTO Lamberto Rubino
AUTHOR Costanza RONCHI

Entering the San Domenico Cultural Centre in Canicattì you find yourself in the ancient claustrum, whose striking character has been emphasized with the introduction of simple elements, some palm trees and a fountain which carefully and asymmetrically placed in relation to the adjacent Church, acquire a scenic value evoking the presence of an oasis in the sunny courtyard and at the same time leaving a large space available for outdoor events and performances.
This measured intervention returns the spaces of the old convent to the community, opening up a historic building to the needs of society and the area.
The project, exhibited at the XVI Venice Biennale in “Arcipelago Italia. Projects for the future of the country’s internal territories”, a collective work by Paolo Portoghesi, Pietro Carlo Pellegrini, Marco Casamonti, Maurizio Cucurullo and Antonio Nicosia, was driven by the decision to restore the compositional balance of the convent complex, altered by recent additions, and make new interventions recognizable.

The reclamation and transformation of spaces includes new vertical connections, among which the staircase designed by Paolo Portoghesi stands out; outside, in addition to the claustrum, there is a garden enclosed by an ancient wall restored with care and refinement. The diversity that characterizes the elements that make up the project reflects the contributions of each designer and enriches the rediscovered architecture of this ancient complex, defining a multiplicity of spaces for meeting and thinking that interact with each other and that are well suited to hosting the different activities that will animate the new cultural centre.

BIOGRAPHY
P. C. PELLEGRINI, PROFESSOR AT THE ARCHITECTURE FACULTIES OF GENOA AND FERRARA, IS CURRENTLY A LECTURER AT THE UNIVERSITIES OF PISA AND PERUGIA. HIS PROJECTS WERE EXHIBITED AT THE 8TH, 9TH , 12TH AND 14TH EDITIONS OF THE VENICE BIENNALE. HE HAS DESIGNED AND BUILT PUBLIC SPACES AND PRIVATE HOUSES. P. PORTOGHESI HAS PUBLISHED BOOKS THAT HAVE BECOME CLASSICS, HE HAS BEEN DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINES AND TODAY HE HEADS ABITARE LA TERRA. ALMOST EVERY ITALIAN REGION CAN BOAST ONE OF HIS CREATIONS AND OUTSIDE ITALY HE HAS DESIGNED A NUMBER OF PRESTIGIOUS BUILDINGS. HIS ACADEMIC CAREER BEGAN IN 1962 IN THE VALLE GIULIA SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE. IN 1968 HE WAS DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE AT THE MILAN POLYTECHNIC AND FROM 1975 HE TAUGHT AT LA SAPIENZA. IN VENICE IN 1980 HE INAUGURATED THE ARCHITECTURE SECTION OF THE BIENNALE WITH THE “VIA NOVISSIMA” AND FROM 1984 TO 1993 HE WAS PRESIDENT OF THE BIENNALE. IN 1988 M. CASAMONTI FOUNDED THE ARCHEA STUDIO WITH LAURA ANDREINI AND GIOVANNI POLAZZI AND SILVIA FABI JOINED IN 1999. EACH FOUNDING MEMBER CARRIES OUT ACTIVITIES IN THE FACULTIES OF ARCHITECTURE AT FLORENCE AND GENOA. M. CUCURULLO HAS HAD A LONG CAREER DURING WHICH HE HAS DESIGNED AND CREATED A LARGE NUMBER OF WORKS FOR BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE BODIES. A. NICOSIA GRADUATED IN 2000 FROM THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE IN FLORENCE AND FOUNDED HIS STUDIO IN 2002. HE COLLABORATED AS PART OF THE DIDACTIC STAFF AT THE PALERMO FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE.