By: Priyanka Arjun
Competition design along with national war museum
Driving through the azure blue Italian landscape one reaches the Crown resort of Roccamandolfi. The deep blue of heavens is mingled with that of the everlasting hills, and the majestic Castle rises above spires of pine trees. The past glory of place lingers as it stands sublime and beautiful. Upon entry one cannot see anything else but the castle, the untouched beauty of landscape and Castle reminds of the melancholy associated with real beauty.
Inside the entry gates horse-driven carriages takes the Visitor towards Reception area. As one moves slowly listening to the sound of hoofs, the ride is reminiscent of the battles this place has seen. The cobbled pathway turns through beautiful Swan Lake carrying reflections of the Reception building. At once the sharp contrast between the two edifices surprises the Visitor and he is taken aback. This contrast exercises the human mind, involving him more into this unique experience.
“We are so constituted that we can gain intense pleasure only from the contrast, and only very little from the condition itself.”
As one explores the fascinating architecture the mind is taken away from everyday ordinary life. The distinctive Form and Space is achieved through innovation of technique, materials and methodology.