The foundation of a brand new settlement in a natural environment is the task. Different and contradictory aims coexist in this founding action, which has been taking place in history from ancient times. Today, the sacredness of the foundation is also linked with environmental and ecological issues, as well as achieving high levels of energy efficiency and landscape assimilation and minimizing negative impacts on the natural and biological context (as required by the call).
This twofold goal (environmental/ecological and urbanity/life-style) is achieved thank to the proposed model of land use: this is based on a concentrated, compact urban design, which maximize the settlement’s identity and civic image, and minimize the use of land and natural resources. The new settlement is basically position in the plain (except for the Climatic Heath Resort, on the hill), where earthworks are reduced to a minimum and the construction is maximally respectful of the existing trees and natural environment in general.
The concentration of the volumes follows the required phased development, so that each phase corresponds with a square settlement of 350 m side, called Centuria as the ancient roman foundation grid layouts. The three centurias are exactly the same size and are self-sufficient and autonomous, so that they can easily be realized in time and choosing a free order. They also do work very well as a joint system, giving to each part a clear possibility to be easily recognizable and identifiable, on a smaller scale.
The general architectural idea is to have the hotels again concentrated in a big hybrid building (giving room also to other facilities as commercial and dining spaces, indoor sport – culture – leisure facilities and dwellings for the staff), on the western side of the Centuria, and some of them also as traditional buildings in the core of the Centuria. All the Apartment Buildings are around this hotel core, and again outward there are the Tourist Houses. This volumetric configuration, in which density is decreasing from the core outwards, allows the best views and the more appropriate insertion of the new settlement in the existing natural surroundings.
The Climatic Heath Resort is instead proposed on the slope opposite to the Skiing Plateau. The Resort is excavated in the rock and forms an unprecedented territorial sign with the first Centuria (the central one) and the Skiing Plateau. The Golf Hotel and course are positioned in the north part of the competition site, so that the hotel is the hinge between the green and the close Centuria.
The overall Tourist Center is characterized by a contemporary architectural image, in which pretty urban and brand solutions and traditional mountain ones are merged in an innovative and luxury style: global and local issues make an unique encounter in a solution where the urban and nature are offered to the visitors.