This particular project starts from a building renovation from the 60’s that was partially wrecked by the terrible earthquake that seriously damaged the old town of L’Aquila (the heart of Italy) in 2009. Italian Architect Alberto Apostoli completed the renovation of the Palace of Labour, a building in which colors and details of the facade redefine the volume through a geometrical but refined language. The construction is insulated in all four sides; it has no real façade, but it is rather a small tower in which all individual facades are of equal importance.

Such facades have been designed and deployed through small geometrical protrusions that are matched differently, but the colors are complementary and the openings are formed by projecting intrados. The geometric and refined flow of the volumes creates, during the various hours of the day, slight variations which give an unexpected dynamic to the building. The architect describes the primary design goal: “I tried to create a volumetric movement through color, small ledges and contrasts of volumes; what interested me was to dematerialize the facades giving them personality and character. We have developed a system and the color palette to create these projections. ” [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Alberto Apostoli, Photography Tommaso Cassinis]