Make the Revolution: help us to built La Casa di BelMONDO
Casa di BelMONDO is a project done by the hyper collective La Rivoluzione delle Seppie. In the historical village of Belmonte Calabro, the project was born from the desire to give life to a physical-non-physical place where you can imagine possible futures and rediscover yourself in a new and ever changing identity.
In July 2019 the hyper collective, with a first architectural intervention designed by Orizzontale and Le Seppie, in collaboration with Ex Convento, began the transformation of Casa delle Monache into an open multifunctional space.
The hybrid space, Casa di BelMONDO, becomes a place of production, and transmission of ideas, processes and events. It is a creative laboratory to experiment with informal education, an incubator of experiments and experiences.
The focus of the project is based on the concept of “collaborative rooms”. For this reason the construction process of Casa di BelMONDO has been open - and wants to continue to be - participatory and it tends, in a dialogic way, to be part of the urban and territorial context in which it has been inserted.
During Crossing 2019 the refurbishment works of Casa di BelMONDO has started.
From 15 to 21 July 2019 - thanks to the synergetic work of associations, professionals, migrants and locals - the first floor of the building begins to take shape. Casa delle Monache begins to be reactivated with some minimal architectural interventions such as the construction of wooden and travertine floors, the arrangement of some furniture and the construction of the bathroom and the kitchen. Casa di Belmondo becomes a welcoming space - a factory of research and experimentation of ideas.
On one hand, the aim of this architectural operation is to share resources, culture and knowledge with the intention of improving the quality of life focusing on innovation.
On the other hand to learn and improve the skills needed to enrich the context in which one experiences by increasing the productivity of the group and the active local agents.
The renovation of the building is not finished yet. The conclusion of the construction site will make the first floor livable and active for the community as a series of "collaborative rooms". This process will allow us to continue to reflect on how research, architecture and communication can be used to improve the urban fabric tissue of rural communities.
How funds will be used
Thanks to your support we will:
- Defray the cost of work. In order to promote economic sustainability of our territory and to interact with local companies, we want to work with local workers and with national and international professionals, making a collaboration to allow an exchange of skills between different cultural and generational backgrounds.
- Expand and revise the existing electrical system. With 2,85k we will buy technical supplies (multipolar cables, switches, emergency lights) and we can update electrical systems.
- Make stairs and old elevator shaft safe. With 1k we can buy supplies such as iron frames, handrail, wooden slats.
- Install fire-extinguishing system. With 4k we can buy and create a suitable system.
- Create emergency exit. With 2k door openings will be created and panic push bar will be installed.
- Build new floors on the upper floor. With 6k we can buy working materials such as sand, varnish, pin wood boards and screws.
In the budget there is also:
- Commission on the use of Eppela (5%)
- Shipping charges
- Deductions of payments
- Development costs
- Promotion and marketing
Who's behind the project?
Le Seppie _ Based in Calabria, South of Italy, Le Seppie is a non profit, cultural association, created in May 2017 with an expanding number of local and international members. Today the group is a shared reality of different agents in multiple disciplines; scattered EU-wide the group is flexible in its size and composition with a few constant core research entities and discipline-specific actors.
Team: Rita Elvira Adamo, Matteo Blandford, Francesca Bova, Gerardo Cleto, Eleonora Ienaro, Florian Siegel, Nicolo Spina.
Orizzontale _ Orizzontale are an architects’ collective based in Rome whose work crosses the fields of architecture, urbanism, public art, and DIY practice. Orizzontale since 2010 has been promoting projects of common relational spaces, giving form to both dismissed and unseen images of the city. These projects have represented the ground for experimenting new kinds of collaborative interactions between city dwellers and urban commons as well as occasions to test the boundaries of the architectural creation process.
Team: Jacopo Ammendola, Juan Lopez Cano, Giuseppe Grant, Margherita Manfra, Nasrin Mohiti Asli, Roberto Pantaleoni, Stefano Ragazzo.
Project created by
La Rivoluzione delle Seppie
A group of young international professionals working in Calabria with a transdisciplinary approach. We want to create a new community by feeding it through the exchange of knowledge for inhabiting a place, often abandoned, temporarily but constantly. We are looking for a new model of living and working collectively, as opposed to a hyper-specialized and competitive work culture.