View of the stones of Matera
Hotel in the Sassi of Matera. The experience of a living between Rock and Architecture

A natural Architecture, where the operation has enhanced the already existing, with linear shapes and soft colors, as if to enter on tiptoe into the rock, this is the project designed by Arch. Crisitna Amenta, now Meson Studio

When architecture enters the earth, on tiptoe, with linear shapes and soft colors, so Architect Cristina Amenta, now Meson Ro Studio, designs this receptive space redeveloping the already existing

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The stones of Matera were recognized by UNESCO as a humanitarian heritage in 1993, but the history of Italy recounts that previously they had been abandoned to their degradation. This city dug behind the ravine has been inhabited since the Paleolithic, with various customs and vicissitudes that lead us to the past century. Cited by various important writers such as Dante Alighieri and Primo Levi, now, thanks to projects like this, it is reviving its splendor, so much so that by 2019 it will be the European capital of culture

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The accommodation facility "Fra i Sassi" is located in Sasso Barisano in Matera and consists of several caverns that are developed in nine rooms, a reception area, breakfast room and a convivial kitchen available to all guests. The functional restoration of the building has always preserved the structure and volumes of all the original environments, enhancing the unique and suggestive forms

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Great importance was given to the lighting design, developed to enhance the volumes of the building and the organic forms of the architecture. Each room is different from the other, both in the architecture and in the finishes and furnishings, the entire structure is divided by a path and an external terrace, designed as a distribution ring which acts as an interspersed area for rest and relaxation

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The structure is a compact " entity " but each area is treated in a unique and particular way, designed from an inclusive perspective. The design of the distribution system and the rooms are designed working on the removal of sensory-perceptive barriers and trying to enhance the multisensory of the original architecture. The external distribution path is underlined by an olfactory tactile path, the analysis of the interior materials, the furnishings and the equipment of the rooms are designed and harmonized with the context in the perspective of the "Universal Design"

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Architecture is the art that can enhance nature or can decide to subdue it, in this case, the operation was guided by the hand of the "earth", showing how if the two things go hand in hand, they can only create spectacular works

Inside hotel with stones inside

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