Geometric logic characterizes the function and standard structure of the castles built under Frederick II: a square form with four square towers inserted at the summit. Any changes made have been few and slight, all intended to optimize the adaption of the structure to the site. However, the Matinale Castle in San Felice a Cancello in the region of Campania, represents an innovative exception that is currently being considered for re-utilization. The study of the ruins, in fact, confirms a rather singular guiding principle: the position and shape of the foundations of the towers allowed them to halve the number of the inevitable sectors used for flank defence. This solution anticipates by more than two centuries the advent of the bastion, the key element of the trace italienne or star fort. In order to fully comprehend this sophisticated concept, unique of its type, a restoration of the structure is now being considered in order to enhance the legibility of the original project. Thus the very ‘trace’ issuing from the study will indicate the intervention strategy to be used: wooden superstructures that, by evoking the discontinued geometric configuration, will restore the ramparts.

The guiding principle of the project | La Traccia dell’ingegno

ROSSI, Adriana
2015

Abstract

Geometric logic characterizes the function and standard structure of the castles built under Frederick II: a square form with four square towers inserted at the summit. Any changes made have been few and slight, all intended to optimize the adaption of the structure to the site. However, the Matinale Castle in San Felice a Cancello in the region of Campania, represents an innovative exception that is currently being considered for re-utilization. The study of the ruins, in fact, confirms a rather singular guiding principle: the position and shape of the foundations of the towers allowed them to halve the number of the inevitable sectors used for flank defence. This solution anticipates by more than two centuries the advent of the bastion, the key element of the trace italienne or star fort. In order to fully comprehend this sophisticated concept, unique of its type, a restoration of the structure is now being considered in order to enhance the legibility of the original project. Thus the very ‘trace’ issuing from the study will indicate the intervention strategy to be used: wooden superstructures that, by evoking the discontinued geometric configuration, will restore the ramparts.
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