If you've ever been to southern Italy, you know elevation is key for some of the most breathtaking views. So when news spread about a historic viaduct bridge in Salerno-Reggio Calabria possibly facing destruction, a team of architects took charge to create a way to not only save the site but make the most of it. Samuel Nageotte, OFF Architecture, and PR Architects joined forces to propose a set of vertical villages stacked on top of one another under the bridge. (A great example of an A+ contender in collaboration!) Using the "pile and deck" technique, private spaces would stack vertically, while public spaces would stretch horizontally, creating a fantastic floating town under a relic of Italian engineering, with stunning views at every turn.
Inspired by the antique roadway, Solar Park South consists of a system of bridges and tunnels. The public bridge areas would connect public spaces such as cultural centers, lounge decks, and indoor and outdoor shops, while the tunnels would handle water tanks, parking, and other unsightly details.
The team not only aims to use as little construction cost and material as possible, but also sees the development acting as a sustainable eco-village. Rain water would be collected by the decks and filtered down into barrels for consumption, cleaning, and cooking, while nearby volcanic Mt. Etna could geothermally warm the whole place!
Images: courtesy of Samuel Nageotte