The competition’s request was to design a landscape masterplan for the preservation of the coast of Melendugno in Salento, with the project of six urban spaces: a complex seafront territory made by urbanized areas, natural spaces and archaeological and Unesco heritage.

The proposal is based on a sequence of four enchained actions:

1. The reorganization of the mobility in order to reduce the urban footprint on the natural environment and to promote forms of sustainable tourism.

2. The repopulation of the coastal vegetation betting on the symbiotic relations of the plants within the same biotope.

3. The redefinition of the paths within the natural areas in order to allow the preserve and the growth of the vegetation within the biotopes.

4. The design of an assembled wooden raft of 12 elements for social life, able to configure site-specific public spaces (temporary or not) according to the conditions and the topography of the different sites.

The goal was to design both temporary spaces within the natural environment for a sustainable tourism (to be removed after the summer); both the urban spaces and services for the villages built up on the coast in the last decades.

Project details

Design: STARTT, Metamor
Project Location: Melendugno, Italy
Typology: Masterplan, landscape, public space, mobility
Year: 2015
Area: 20 km of waterfront
Cost: 4.884.403 euro
Client: Comune di Melendugno
Collaborators: Karolina Kornas, Seyithan Özer, Alessandro Brunelli, Fabio Coletta, Francesca Cuppone
Ecology: Leonardo Beccarisi
Geology: Francesco Gianfreda
Systems: Pedone engineering
Design phase: Second phase competition – Finalist, 3rd Place



STARTT – studio of architecture and territorial transformations – works in the field of architecture, urban design, landscape and cultural spaces. Founded by architects Simone Capra, Claudio Castaldo and Dario Scaravelli, STARTT thinks of architecture as part of the transformation of the territory and stands out for its tailor-made approach to design, which guarantees “tailor-made” responses to different scales, programmes and degrees of complexity. STARTT’s projects range from the architectural scale to the urban and landscape dimensions; they aim to increase the quality of the places we live in by making the material and immaterial values of a territory perceptible. This attitude is measured today by the challenges of urban regeneration and the response to environmental, economic and social urgencies