16-01-2006

Siloe Monastery

Edoardo Milesi,

Grosseto,

Churches & Cemeteries,

Stone,

Location: Poggi del Sasso, Cinigiano, Grosseto - Italy
Chief architect: Edoardo Milesi
Partners: Laura Pizzi, Paolo Vimercati
Client: Siloe Monastic Community
Supervisor of works: Edoardo Milesi



Siloe Monastery The form of the constructions follows the lines, interruptions and changes in elevation of the land. The philosophy behind the project led to choice of Ariostea high-tech stones: Ardesia Bordeaux for the interior and flamed Cardoso on the exterior. The variable hues of slate, with its bordeaux hues and veins ranging from brown to grey, create a warm feel which blends perfectly with the colours and materials of the surrounding landscape.
On the outside, on the other hand, it is the grey of Cardoso that prevails, with a flamed surface blending perfectly into the landscape.
The criteria of building biology also guided the choice of particular energy-saving solutions: not only ventilated walls, but wooden floors and a zinc-titanium roof. The project preserves the natural balance of its environment with the aid of wind power and a phyto-purification plant for well water.
The result is fascinating architecture suggesting that man and nature can live together in harmony.

Laura Della Badia

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