Project of Sardinian Thermal System. Casteldoria
International Thesis Laboratory
University of Cagliari, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
Taking into account the thermal system of Sardinia could not only deepen one’s knowledge of its environmental and cultural features, but also raise awareness of how water is generated and exploited by human beings. The many thermal springs on the Sardinian territory testify for their ancient origins, even though they currently present different characteristics from one another. Indeed, both well developed and functioning sites and rather ancient ruins can be found in the Sardinian landscape. Such structures have highly contributed throughout the centuries to provide opportunities for creating spaces for the community. The main goal is to offer a project for the revival of thermal baths that builds on urban and architectural research methodologies, which can lead to the development of structures perfectly in line with the natural spirit of the territory. The aim of this work is that of offering a proposal for the redevelopment of the thermal complex of Casteldoria, located in the historic region of Anglona. A preliminary analysis has shed light on the necessity, on the urban scale, of overcoming the boundaries marked by the Coghinas river by means of establishing a direct connection between the thermal structure and the swimming pool, located on the opposite side. Through a different distribution of the interior spaces and greater uniformity of the façades of the thermal complex, the study will attempt to prove how a dialogue between the architectural object and the natural context could be achieved, in order to safeguard the leading role of the natural landscape.