A Cor-ten walkaway for the Temples Valley
Dialoguing with the landscape, and getting inspired by the landscape: that is the action line adopted by the architectural studio Cottone + Indelicato for the project of a new walkway which crosses and unifies the paths of the Temples Valley in Agrigento (Sicily).
The Valley, wonderful part of the heritage of Sicily, had been divided in the past by the passage of a highway. The architects decided to reinterpret some of the formal, architectural and landscape elements of the Temples area to generate a solution which would harmonically fit into the context. The walkway, inaugurated March 13th 2015, is 2.4m wide and 25m long, is almost entirely in stainless CORTEN, except the stone pavement.
The CORTEN, a special type of steel treated to better withstand weathering, fits with the project due to its materiality. If the purpose was to "disguise" the footbridge in its context, the CORTEN cooperates thanks to the mutability and shading of its colors, and its opacity.
Next, the architects decided to reinterpret the theme of the column for the composition, through a study of the columns of the nearby Temple of Heracles. What ensues is a protective handrail of different heights, a dynamic sequence of CORTEN bars which give the project a dematerialized aura of transparency, and allow the vibration of light.
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