First Room

Argentiera (Sassari)

Room 01  born from the study of the relationship between the ruin itself and the morphology of the place that hosts it, from the subtle traces of human presence; from the materials and local building techniques that have always characterized the anonymous architecture of the extraction site.

The intervention is synthesized in a single sign: a large coffered roof that grafts into the ruin, giving it a newfound unity and classical dignity. A line, a platform in the landscape. 

An almost primitive gesture, that covering oneself, to define a protected place in the endless and inhospitable wilderness of North-West Sardinia. From the dialogue between the existing walls of the ruin and the new cover, three new spaces for life are identified. Two of public character, fireplace room and banquet room and one of private character (dream room) accessible only by reservation. The intimacy of the spaces, open or closed, follows the signs and degradation of the ruin itself, without opposing and exposing itself. The most demolished areas have been deliberately public while the most constructed ones host the private and intimate area of the project.


Associates Architecture is an architectural office based in Brescia founded in 2017, directed by the Italian-South African duo composed by Nicolò Galeazzi (Brescia, 1987) and Martina Salvaneschi (Johannesburg, 1989).

The office works in the field of architecture on multiple scales and currently has carried out projects in Italy, Mexico and Portugal.
In 2018 Associates was among the finalists of the Young Architects Awards and of the Medaglia d’oro all’Architettura Italiana, Premio T Young Claudio De Albertis at the Triennale di Milano. In 2018 received the prestigious nomination for the Eu Mies Van Der Rohe Awards (the youngest of Italian architectural firms). Associates Architecture was selected by the curator Mario Cuccinella to exhibit at the Venice Architecture Biennale, within the Italian Pavilion-Arcipelago Italia.

The office was invited to give lectures in the main Italian architecture Universities such as the University IUAV of Venice, the Federico II University of Naples, the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria and at the CASABELLA headquarters in Milan. Associates Architecture was also invited as visiting professor by Casa Da Arquitectura in Porto (in partnership with Porto Academy) and at the Goa College of Architecture in Goa, India.


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