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Architecture in Sicily : Buildings
Key Contemporary Architectural Designs in southern Italy
Buildings in Sicily
We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Sicilian Buildings, southern Italy. We aim to include Sicilian projects that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both. Sortino:
There is not much contemporary architecture on the island but buildings of note are an intervention in Palermo by Carlo Scarpa, Palermo’s department store and a massive modern church building in Siracusa. We cover completed Sicilian buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across Sicily.
Lighthouse Sea Hotel in Syracuse – added 9th July 2016
The focus is on contemporary buildings in Sicily but information on traditional buildings is also welcome. e-architect directors Adrian Welch and Isabelle Lomholt visited Sicily in 2013. We have 3 pages of Sicilian Architecture selections with links to many individual project pages.
Palermo Architecture : key buildings
photograph © Adrian Welch
Palermo Photos : general photos around the city
photograph © Adrian Welch
Sicliy Architecture – latest additions to this page, arranged alphabetically: Photos are copyright Adrian Welch / Isabelle Lomholt, taken in July 2013: The Necropolis of Pantalica is a large necropolis in Sicily with over 5,000 tombs dating from the 13th to the 7th centuries BC. Pantalica is located in between the towns of Ferla and Sortino in south east Sicily. Together with the city of Syracuse, Pantalica is listed as “Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica” on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
Gibellina Buildings – our suggestion if you have time is to visit both new and old Gibellina, separated by 18km. The new city is quite dull in many parts and located staright off the autostrada. The old city is smaller and further inland on twisty roads, but probably more captivating for most visitors. Gibellina is a small city and comune in the mountains of central Sicily, Italy in the Province of Trapani. It was destroyed by the 1968 Belice earthquake. Gibellina Nuova – city plan, the board has seen better days:
The new city, Gibellina Nuova, was rebuilt some 20 km distant from the old one. The new city was designed by many of the most prominent artists and architects in Italy, but done in a piecemeal fashion so that the parts of the new city bear little relation to one another or to the indigenous architecture of Sicily.
Ruderi di Gibellina (as the ruins of the city are now referred to) remained just as it was after the earthquake, practically a ghost-town. Artist Alberto Burri covered the entirety of the ruins in concrete, while preserving the shape of the buildings and the streetscape.
Additionally, Italian sculptor Pietro Consagra and Senator Ludovico Corrao formed an open air museum with a Consagra sculpture “Porta del Belice” or “Door to Belice” at the entrance. Consagra expressed a wish to be buried at Gibellina on his deathbed in July 2005.
Il Cretto at Ruderi di Gibellina – Memorial To A Town Destroyed by Earthquake – if you have a few days in Sicily then this is definitely a key architectural visit that could be made:
More Sicily Buildings online soon Sicily Architecture Walking ToursTo see all listed projects on a single map please follow this link.
Sicilian Architecture – Key Buildings
Ri.MED Biomedical Center, near Palermo
image : HOK
Ri.MED Biomedical Center Sicily
Stage set by OMA for ancient Greek theatre in Syracuse, Sicily
photo : Alberto Moncada
The new Colombarium of Campofranco, Province of Caltanissetta, central Sicily
image : OFL Architecture
Colombarium of Campofranco
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