For this project has two faces designed and built in a totally different way. The face overlooking the gulf is sunny, open and bright; the other side, facing north, has very few openings at all, to shelter the apartments from the wind, which almost always blows from the north here. The complex is hardly visible at all from the main road to the north, for all we can see is the glass structure containing the elevator.
But the building?s two "souls" combine to create a construction with a strong personality and great individualism which truly stands out from its context. Its south-facing glass facades make no concessions to decoration, but are characterised by asymmetry and continuously changing dimensions, as the building takes the form of a series of terraces of different lengths overlooking the sea.
Sottolfaro?s sobriety, clarity and linearity is a contemporary voice in the built landscape of Trieste. Its transparency and linearity play a key role, giving the complex connotations of incredibly light weight. Glass and metal are essential to achieving this result, though cement plays an equally important role and, in the light colour Lorenz has chosen, reflects the colours of the landscape and the local limestone buildings.
Lorenz, an Austrian architect from Innsbruck, has thus created one of Trieste?s few specimens of contemporary architecture, without creating a showy building but speaking the language of elegance and formal rigour.
Laura Della Badia