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Castle square

Castle squareWith the re-building work of Piazza Castello completed and the restructuring of the Aragon Castle,  the definition of the external space around the castle and the relationship between it and its immediate surroundings the city has recovered an important area for its citizens and with an eye towards the urban regeneration so often seen in other parts of Italy and Europe the city has added a new and centrally important space to the city itself.
The project was made by the architects Anna Benedetto and Giuseppe Brigandi and aims at the configuration of the open space which will give prestige and visibility to the castle, through a total review of the landscaping balance around it, of the gardens, the architectural elements and the wealth of vegetation(excessively concentrated due to the later systems put into place which have congested the original one).
The irregularity of the area of the work has required the creation of a multi-centred space in the square, the organisation of green areas, for parking and passages where pavements take you round the school Galilei (which therefore can be defined as pedestrian), and the pine area which hosts a children’s play area. In the square, corresponding to the entrance to the castle from via Aschenez, you find a “service island” which houses the florist kiosk. All the varied parts of the project are organised in a mix of spaces and pedestrian routes which comprise within them a multitude of functional and architectural elements. The material elements previously on the site and re-used (blocks of lava stone in via Bottari, the kerbs of the pavements in Macellari stone) have been mixed with new materials (paving blocks, blocks in Lazzaro stone, cobbles, etc) with a great attention paid to urban decor and the balance between all the elements together as one. 

The vegetation previously present in the square has been preserved wherever possible and in particular the most important species have been added to by the planting of other species of equal importance.  For example, in the area around the north tower more than 26 Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) trees have been planted. 

These are an emblem of the city and strangely rare in the public spaces and gardens. In addition to which examples of Ceratonia Siliqua ( carob trees) and ornamental species among which the Punica Granatum (flowering pomegranate), Eritryna cristagalli (Fabaceae family), Phonenix dactilifera (date palms) and Phonenix Canariensis (Canarian palms). In addition to which an ample lawn area (almost 2000 square metres) has been created with its own system of automatic irrigation. 

The dividing walls have been finished using an innovative plaster based on Titanium dioxide which we hope will not be attacked by graffiti artists and will be able to operate as a air purification device which will limit the pollution through the known process of photocatalyis which should guarantee longer duration over time.

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