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Graduation Show - Public Private
A renovation proposal of a Corsican traditional stone house into a collective space

"Bellezze Adurmentate" : Sleeping Beauties

"Bellezze Adurmentate" : Sleeping Beauties
Elsa Molinard
This project is part of Graduation Show - Public Private

More and more traditional stone houses in Corsican villages are being abandoned, leading to the decline of typical Corsican architecture. Elsa Molinard proposes a second life for these ‘Sleeping Beauties’ by turning the ground floor into a public space.

Her scale model opens up a house in the village of Castellare, to let the light and the locals in. By re-interpreting traditional elements such as the fireplace and water basin, the two rooms or ‘caves’ in the basement are revived as communal gathering spaces. With local materials – stoneware, rammed earth and oak – the local culture is honored, reminding villagers that their legacy is worth preserving.

“A space that has become obsolete over time is revived in a contemporary context, without losing its cultural meaning.”