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COSTA SMERALDA

ARCHITECTURE

The importance attributed to architecture emerged as soon as the Consortium was founded, with the establishment of a Committee set up to oversee very scrupulously the monitoring and execution of building projects within the territory.

In this way, the stylistic features conceived and adopted by the founders – with the support of the architectsJacques Couëlle, Luigi Vietti, Michele Busiri Vici, Raimond Martin andAntonio Simon Mossa – soon became the canons of a completely new architectural style, the fruit of the cultural background of those far-sighted pioneers.Amongst the Italians, Liguria-born Vietti was the bearer of influences from northern Italy; Busiri Vici, with his numerous projects along the Tyrrhenian coast, brought with him the authentic evocations of central Italy and the Mediterranean, whereas Simon Mossa, with his expert knowledge of Sardinia, served as guarantor of the respect for the local traditions. All of this – enriched by the typical Provencal accents provided by Couelle, and Martin's town-planning experience – was channelled into something entirely new, with very specific rules and codes that did not, however, betray the personalities of the individual architects.

This was the genesis of a refined, consistent architectural language that stands out, above all, for the use of "poor" local materials, such as granite and wood, ennobled by an extraordinary architectural sensibility and by the elegance of the utilisations. Currently, the Consortium territory can boast innumerable praiseworthy buildings, such as the Hotel Luci di la Muntagna, the Maison du Port and other significant examples of private residences, along with the Hotel Cala di Volpe, the Hotel Pitrizza, the Romazzino and the Stella Maris church,  inspired by an architectural philosophy that has been successfully inserted into a natural context wi...

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