Silk Road Map - International Online -  project 5 of 42  
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nicola siddi (italy), marcella gabbiani (italy), gustavo damiani (italy), pierpaolo saporito (italy)
The conceptual references for this project are typical places encountered while travelling through the Silk Road, such as the Mongolian tent, the carpets of the Taklamakan markets, the passive houses of Khotan, the pagodas. Traditional architectural structures like the tent are represented through the use of new low environmental impact technologies like the solar carpet and the lotus house. The combination of these elements resulted in a silkworm cocoon-like cell which can be assembled and used according to the needs and the territory’s climate and geomorphology. Each cell is earthquake-proof and capable of floating, has a planimetric surface of 40 m2 and is 7 m high. The structure is made up of wood and glass panels, as well as of photovoltaic panels. “The structure material couldn’t be other than wood, not only because of its short building time, but also because it is extremely strong and resistant over time.” Aldo Rossi, “The Theatre of the World”.