Caserta: Recovery of ex “Caserma Sacchi”
- ClientTown hall of Caserta
- Team LeaderCollaborative Architecture Studio Carafa Guadagno Arch. Domenico Tartarone
- Services providedConstruction Supervision
- Approximate Works Value10.979.200,11
The Sacchi barracks complex is located in the eastern part of the city, in the locality of Falciano, in an urban area that forms a link between the historic center of the city and the newly expanded areas to the north-east.
The structure is bounded on the north by an area of private ownership; to the east from Via S. Gennaro, to the unique state access road to the complex; to the south for a first stretch from the church of S. Gennaro, and for a second stretch with via Falciano; to the west from the former area of Ma.C.Ri.Co.
The entire building is divided into five bodies, identified as the Bishop's Palace, the Seminary, the Conventino, the military Pavilion, the nineteenth-century Corps, which cover a total area of approx. 15,800.00 in addition to external areas (four courts - IV, V, VI, VII), to which are added two open spaces bordering the walls of the lot, one to the south-west and the other to the north-west - No. I-II - and a third located at the northern border - No. III), for a total area of approx. 7,900.00.
Conservative interventions, in which care is taken to safeguard the characters and formal matrices of buildings, with materials, types and construction techniques compliant, and the proposition of new architectures, in which they are denounced forms, materials and technologies typical of modernity as an expression of a renewed urbanity, they remain always and in balance with the conformed urban landscape.
The intervention aims to create an opportunity for new forms of urban cohabitation as well as for more motivated constructive reasons of architecture: traditional and innovative production functions, new ways of living and working within unpublished regenerated spaces, responding to the demand of the multi-faceted contemporary society; green spaces, squares, meeting places, entertainment and culture.
The opportunity to graft unexpected public and collective functions in the most marginal urban fabric offers a hope for aggregation and integration of the current multi-ethnic society and a founding principle for the future city. The presence of heterogeneous materials compared to the pre-existence does not diminish the overall perception of the site, because it is conceived as part of a dialogue aimed at identifying balance between the parties. The insert is not conceived as an emerging element, but as a piece of a mosaic in which the different tiles harmonize aesthetically, temporally and functionally.
From a functional point of view the intervention has been divided into 4 functional lots. The first three were made while the final design was completed on the fourth.
The first lot of the bishop's seminary houses URBAN municipal offices.
The second lot consists of the Palazzo Vescovile, the Conventino, the nineteenth-century Corps and five of the seven courts. As for the intended use, for the Palazzo Vescovile it is expected to include essentially cultural functions (civic museum, the seat of the Institute of historical studies of the City of Caserta and the Library). For the Convent area, a "music house" will be set up as well as premises for offices and services and music laboratories. The bodies that develop on the north-west and west sides, bordering the Macrico area, offer environments for the development of local entrepreneurship and a personal assistance center. The courts that act as a hinge between the various buildings are destined to spaces for events, promotion and socialization.
The third lot consists of the ground floor of the military pavilion and houses premises available for offices of various associations.
The fourth lot, defined as completion, provided for the completion of the works to finish the entire complex and in particular the remaining two floors of the military pavilion for offices (co-working and temporary exhibition halls) and the two courts remained outside the previous lots.