2_Cooperativa Garden | Nunzio Sciveres



Project title: Canova

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The project has been submitted by:
Nunzio Gabriele Sciveres



City: Marina di Ragusa (RG)

Address: Via S. Josemaria Escrivà, 20, Marina di Ragusa 



Designer or design team architects: Nunzio Gabriele Sciveres, Giuseppe Guerrieri


Plot Area: 1900 mq

Gross Area: 14000 mq

Of which residential: 100%
Public/communal areas:0 %
Facilities for the public: 0%
Business/trade: 0 %
Offices: 0 %

Number of residential units: 16
Typology of users: families
Total building costs Euros: 4.247.684,00 €
Building Cost = Total Bulding Cost / Gross Area: 303,406 €
Floor area ratio = Gross Area / Plot Area: 7,4
Work started on date: Tuesday, 7th January 2014
Work completion date: Friday, 18th March 2016


Promoter: Cooperativa Edilizia Garden
Allotment rule: reddito annuo, nucleo famigliare
Reduction cost percentage compared to the market value:
– assignement 16,7 %
– rent 0 %


Cost of construction max: The construction cost of the entire complex is € 4,247,684.00, and is certainly below the average values of the country and in particular those of the rapidly expanding Marina di Ragusa (RG) area in recent years.
Rental/sale cost compared to market price: Each building is spread over a total area of 130 square meters, divided over two floors for a total cost of € 260,000.00, with a cost per square meter of € 2,000.00 / sqm. The OMI listing in the second half of 2018 ranged from a minimum of € 1,600.00 / sqm to a maximum of € 2,400.00 / sqm. It is therefore positioned below the maximum range, having to compare with housing with a high level of finishes and technological technological solutions.


Rules of allocation: The lodgings were assigned to those families who were able and had to prove that they did not exceed a certain maximum income in relation to the family unit.
Protection of fragile categories: The project is not intended for fragile users.
Involvement of inhabitants in the building process: The inhabitants of the buildings were involved in the design choices, only in the detail phase – such as the color of the fixtures – and personalization of the exclusive property and gardens.
Community accompaniment in the life of the building: The building complex is private and does not provide in any way that the community can access it freely.


Functional mixitè: The project does not include additional functions besides the residence
Common spaces and shared living: The project does not include community spaces, except for the access road to the buildings, which remains closed to the city, thus allowing the interaction of the inhabitants of the 16 lots only.
Techniques and strategies for environmental saving: The project aims at the realization of housing with high thermal insulation and low energy consumption thanks to the use of contemporary construction systems, technologies and renewable energy sources that aspire to a sustainable architecture.

Description of the project: 

The architectural program of the building cooperative foresees the realization of sixteen residences within a plan of social housing in Marina di Ragusa in Sicily. The project origins from the analysis of the Sicilian natural and urban landscape, a land full of great contradictions: a beautiful and complex place, which lies in between cultural heritage and traditions, conservation and transformation, architectural experimentation and conventional living. Through design, we have explored the genesis of the Mediterranean built environment: a multidimensional representation in which it is hard to separate the natural landscape from the city, the city from the architecture, the architecture from people’s lives.

The project of the single-family homes has a clear ambition: to invade the field of public residential construction with a proposal that puts research on the best conditions for comfort and quality of residential space in front of reasons related to building ratio indexes and the real estate market. A rigorous thought process lies at the foundation of this project in order to evaluate objectives against available tools, remaining within budget limits, and aims to provide a real contribution to the social housing.

The area was divided into sixteen lots served by a single two-way street; four different freestanding residential building typologies have been designed. They consist of two floors and each typology is characterized by a different relationship to the context.

The idea is trying to build a new neighborhood model, which references to tradition while adapting to everyone’s needs, which is populated by everyone’s vegetation and shared by everyone’s look. The result lies in the simplicity of its style, in its formal rigor and rigidity in contrast to the extreme flexibility of interpretation that responds to the various habits and preferences of its inhabitants.

According to the architectural program, each residence has an area of 110 square meters distributed on two levels and has a 25 square meter covered garage space. On the second floor, the roof of the garage can be used as a terrace with views of the sea. The road is made of concrete colored with oxides and lava powder. The same mixture has been sprayed on the boundary walls with the intent to create a monolithic section of the road, similar to a trench.