La Rotonda

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Location: Italy / Type: Squares and Plazas / Waterfronts / Built: 2023 /
Show on Google Maps / Published on August 29, 2023

La Rotonda, in San Gregorio, has long-been an iconic spot of the Salento Coast, the most south-eastern tip of the Italian peninsula. Former small fisherman village, it offers a dramatic view over the coastline and, with is western orientation, a privileged viewpoint for contemplating the sunset over the Mediterranean. 

The new Rotonda is a place for rituals and celebration.



Car accessibility is finally prohibited, while the slight slope of the square is flattened, generating a grandstand on its northern edge. Singular furnishings are avoided in favor of a continuous sculptural landscape. The steps form a theatrical setting defining a plaza -a stage- useful for temporary programmatic activities -performances, while a line of tamarisks’ trees function as vegetal scenography. 

La Rotonda becomes a place for celebrating the daily ritual of the sun plunging into the mist and sea, a space for action and contemplation.

Project Data

Lanscape Architecture: Openfabric

Location: San Gregorio, Italy

Client: Comune di Patù

Collaborators: Dario Russo Architetto, Giuseppe Grecuccio Engenering

Size: 1.200m²

Budget: 300.000 €

Design: 2015

Realized: 2023

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