Ludivine Pépin : Center for craft training and design innovation with its accommodation
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Site plan - plot shape
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Situation plan - with garden
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Structure plan - dimpled slab
North facade - workshops
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West facade - on courtyard
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Facade - section cut detail - West
South facade - housing
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Facade - section cut detail - South
Interior perspective - duplex
Exterior perspective - from garden point of view
Exterior perspective - from terrace point of view
Interior perspective - workshops
Interior perspective - common area
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Naples is one of the oldest city of Italy. It is well known for its traditional crafts such as ceramic, pottery, leather and wood works. Italy is known globally for its know-how in fashion and design. Most of the design and fashion schools are located in the centre of the city while the craftsmen are mostly located in the historical part of the city.

This training center is located in the center of Naples close to the main train station and the other fashions schools. The center is mainly a school where students will learn and live on-site but is also open to visitors. The center is a meeting point where the structure invites people to gather and exchange. The workshops welcome both students and craftsmen for them to share their knowledge and know-how. Inside there is different workshops on many levels that communicate with each others to facilitate exchange and learnings between material works and research workshops.

This center is the place where design and crafts meet.

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According to John Cage, “an experimental action” is one “the outcome of which is not foreseen.” Titling this course Architecture & Experience celebrates on the one hand its attachment to the question of high architecture as a discipline forged in historical and theoretical projects and, on the other, the experimental nature of an explorative approach that has been an operative concept of said discipline ever since the Renaissance – explorative, but still grounded in concrete reality.

Theory, by identifying the working principles defining architectonic forms along time, makes possible every kind of parallel while transforming every sort of question into potential architectural problematics. This is our main field of exploration.

Theory allows us to write the narrative that defines the rules of the project on the one hand and give it a mean on the other hand. Reason helps us to imagine narratives that, considering the rules of nature and reality, allow us to justify from a rational point of view disposals that would be irrational in a different conceptual context. Thus we can succeed in building dreams from the ordinary condition.

Naples is a city of dream, one of those European and Mediterranean urban jewels in which we have decided to settle our projects. As usual, students have not traveled to Naples, to work more from the imaginary of the city than from its reality.