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Foster Lomas to design artists’ residency in rural Italy

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[First look + plans] London’s Foster Lomas has submitted plans for the first phase of a new artist residency on an organic farm in the Abruzzo region, east of Rome, Italy

The practice has been working on the 136 hectare Pollinaria masterplan since 2006 and this first detailed phase focuses on adding new structures including a corten-clad office unit and subterranean café/shop as well as reworking existing farmyard buildings.

Studios and an exhibition space will be housed in a concrete, former stable block (pictured).

According to practice director Greg Lomas, the design, which features gabion walls, has been ‘informed by the local stone tholos shelters with the buildings gathered together by an outdoor event space – a loose amphitheatre for performance, sculpture and cultural activities’.

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