Port control tower in Marina di Ragusa, by Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo

The watchtower sits in between the quiet waters of the harbour and the open sea, lighting up the docks at night as a symbol for Marina di Ragusa’s new port installations. Made up of a steel frame structure, the building goes from heavy concrete walls to transparent glazings -seemingly hovering over the water, blurring the limits of its envelope.

 

Torre di controllo Marina di Ragusa © Hélène Binet

Torre di controllo Marina di Ragusa © Hélène Binet

 

Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo designed the watchtower for Marina di Ragusa -south of Sicily- following the port’s authority’s desire to build a new symbol for this town’s harbour. After five years, the building has won public appraisal.  The watchtower sits in between the quiet waters of the harbour and the open sea, lighting up the docks at night as a symbol for Marina di Ragusa’s new port installations. Made up of a steel frame structure, the building goes from heavy concrete walls to transparent glazings -seemingly hovering over the water, blurring the limits of its envelope.

The tower was awarded with Big Mat’s National Award for Italy in 2013.

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Martin Rajnis’ Lighthouse and Museum of Jara Cimrman, nominated for the Mies van der Rohe award 2015

The museum is embedded into the slope, protected by a stone wall fluently attached to the rock and other walls running throughout the area. The concept of volumes is based on the contrast of horizontal walls and a vertical wooden construction.

 

© Radka Ciglerová

© Radka Ciglerová

 

Continuing a series of reviews on recently announced Mies van der Rohe nominees, today we will visit Martin Rajnis’ Lighthouse and Museum of Jara Cimrman, situated in the Příchovice, south of the Jizera Mountains (Czech Republic). (more…)