INCIPIT

A DROP, THE BEGINNING

“A drop of water will suddenly appear
and then disappear in a moment .
While it remains it is a wonderful sight,
a pure, invisible form.
Rather than simply observe,
let us even listen to the sound
that continues in silence”

Kengiro Azuma, 2009

A CHORAL PROJECT

THE PROJECT DESIGNERS

General and executive project for the recovery of the
architecture and distribution of the area: Arch. Cosimo dell’Acqua
Interior design and lighting system: Arch. Simone Micheli
Graphic design: Roberta Colla Micheli

WHERE IT ALL STARTED

THE DROP THAT SHAPES

The story of AQUATIO begins with a drop of water; a simple, pure, incessantly cascading element which shapes matter and forms spaces, furnishings and the structure as a whole.
A drop of water is portrayed in the bronze work of art produced by Kengiro Azuma and simply referred to as ‘MU 765 G’. Located in one of the building’s two main entrances, this work conveys, in its simplicity, a sense of the meaning of life through the metaphor of the water cycle.
The purity and sinuous lines of a drop of water inspired architect Simone Micheli’s designs during the creation of the interiors and furnishings, and his development of an expertly captivating lighting system.
With its intrinsic constancy and purity, the drop of water enlivened the work of architect Cosimo dell’Acqua during the realisation of the general and executive project for the architectural recovery and distribution of the area.

THE Sassi of Matera

THE DROP DIGS THE ROCK

It even reflects the ancient origins of the Sassi di Matera and their characteristics:

erosion: the erosive action of a drop of water which, over time and with patience hollows out the calcarenite, uniquely shaping its passage through it;

conservation: the water, collected down to the last drop by the people of Matera through natural or artificially shaped caves and kept in tanks, wells, hollows and containers as if it was a precious asset;

aggregation: neighbourhoods developed around the tanks and communities grew, sharing the water.

The Latin saying ‘gutta cavat lapidem‘ (‘a drop of water hollows out a piece of stone‘) clearly reflects the character of the inhabitants of these ancient districts insofar as time and patience can lead to impressive results.

THE NAME OF THE “BORGO”

THE SPACES, THE EMOTIONS

The name of the village, Aquatio, may be related to Cicero’s use of the word in his work De Officiis (Bk III, 44 BC), in which the term ăquātĭo is used by the Roman author to indicate a site where water is supplied.

“Aquatio is a real work of art to be lived and experienced: a space that goes beyond the traditional concept of time, creating a unique and inseparable past, present and future.” – Simone Micheli

“An atmosphere in which emotions and well-being merge together envelops those who cross the threshold. Experience becomes a living memory, active in the mind and capable of guiding subsequent events.” – Cosimo Dell’Acqua