When breaking down the architectural footprint of Genoa, one notices a pattern in the way buildings are treated.
For example, there are modern additions weaving in and out of old infrastructure, or new buildings completely taking over an old site.
There’s evidence of continuous addition in the typology of most of the buildings in Genoa. Of course, this idea is strongly based in many European cities, because they’re literally built on history and old infrastructure. What makes Genoa different, however, is the fact that it was bombed during World War II.
This means that there was a lot of demolishing and renewal, and our studios at the convent of Sta. Maria di Costello is a prime example of this phenomenon.
The old city gates remain one of the only bits of old pieces in Genoa that has not been touched since it was first built in the late medieval period.
When I use the word touch, I mean it quite literally. In an architectural sense, the gates remain free from modern intervention, as they are their own freestanding entity. The other medieval towers around the city, especially in the port area, have been integrated into modern building infrastructure in an attempt to reuse the interior space.
In the Field Notes 02, I will show how these ideas will lead to the development of my studio project.