Isabella Colangelo

Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza"

Facoltà di Architettura

P46 | TRAMONTANO PARK. Urban renovation of the “Tramontano Castle” park and the ancient walls.

by Isabella Colangelo  

Matera is candidate city for the 2019 European Capital of Culture, so the design has the aim to emphasize the heritage Matera flaunts. The city has been declared an UNESCO World Heritage Centre in 1993 thanks to its ancient “Sassi” neighbourhoods. The project has gained inspiration from the architectural process of “Negative Architecture” which shaped the ancient districts and mainly consists of excavating rock to obtain space. The Cultural Centre arises from the Castle hill rock and pushes out spaces in order to valorise the visual connection with the ancient area. The Sculpture Museum is mostly hypogeum as well as the Auditorium and the Artists’ houses, whereas the Conference Centre wants to underline the ancient Walls through a green buffer space. The missing Walls are recreated with a water path helping visitors to rebuild the shape of this fortress. The design brings new accesses to the old districts thanks to its network of fluid spaces. The Cultural Centre hosts an excavated piazza, a botanical garden where the typical plants of the “Macchia Mediterranea” vegetation are displayed. The maintenance of the garden and the green roofs count on a reutilization of meteoric waters where skylights bring water to tanks, making people feel the water inside all built spaces.


Isabella Colangelo is a creative Ιtalian architect/interior designer. She graduated from the University of Rome "Sapienza" in 2010 with specialization in Urban/Building Design. She has also studied one year at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK). She started her professional career in 2010 in an architecture studio in Rome, focusing in residential building renovation, shop design, commercial and museum design and structures. She started as an architectural assistant but was shortly promoted to project architect. She is doing some modules at “Sapienza” University of Rome in the course of Design Laboratory (4th year). Moreover she has worked as a freelancer with the “Umberto I” Hospital in Rome for a renovation feasibility study.