Less Yes
More Integrity
Less Quantity
More Quality
Less Complacency
More Interrogation
Less Acceptance
More Research
Less Repetition
More Originality
Less Narrow
More Wide
Less Laziness
More Ambition
Less Loose
More Rigour
Less Fashion
More Substance
Less Apathy
More Passion
Less Complication
More Consideration
Less Haste
More Time
Less Separate
More Holistic
Less Ornamentation
More Longevity
Less Assumption
More Understanding
Less Conventional
More Alternative
Client Reuse Italy
Stage Concept
Location Torre Rinalda, Lecce, Italy

Can life be restored to a 16th-century military coastal tower, Torre Rinalda, through adaptive reuse? This was the question posed by Reuse Italy in their quest for ideas.

The proposal introduces a raised plinth at the tower’s base, forming a public space for ocean observation and recreation. Utilising rock formations, it merges with new pier structures to create a sea pool. The existing slipway is formalised and seamlessly integrated within the new pier structure, thereby improving the public realm and fostering a connection between the tower and the existing public uses.

The tower’s restoration uses rammed concrete with textured, undulating pour lines inspired by the dunes. Apertures at parapet level reinterpret past forms, while a monolith emerging from the restored dunes frames direct pedestrian access – anchoring the tower to the dunes and wider landscape, while consciously mediating its peripheral location.

The tower adopts a clear hierarchy of uses. The ground floor emphasises seclusion with a single immovable concrete bench and reflecting pool, symbolising rising sea levels. The first floor transforms into a flexible communal hall, and a discreet roof pavilion promotes meaningful occupation rather than merely serving as a viewing platform. Collectively, the design blends history with function, establishing a contemplative environment.

Torre Rinalda