Recycling Plant Isi
The objective of this project was to convert the existing facility, not just in terms of functionality, but also conceptually. Through an architectural and conceptual return to nature, the new structure completely transforms the entire site, exchanging the bleak imagery and crude machinery that normally characterize waste handling with an intriguing new environment that draws the mind to the notion of a sophisticated organic machine. The design concept is determined by a symbiosis of function and site: a regular and composed structure made from organic materials creates a soft kind of world, which underscores the placid mood of the surrounding cultural landscape and embodies natural and healthy procedures. The new facility at Isi alludes to a future scenario where we have moved beyond exploitation and unsustainable practices to a level of sophistication that allows us to create the most advanced machines and systems from crude natural and organic materials, even waste. Isi is a self-explanatory and self-sufficient facility that makes use of its own input, recycled waste, in its very construction and operation. At the same time, it is a forward-looking piece of unique architecture that rehabilitates an old and attractive cultural landscape.
Illustrations by Roberto Di Trani and RRA.