The last exercise of our journey had us documenting some of the typologies and places around Siena.
To start off, the intent of the above Palio benches sketch was to capture the overall assembly, while detailing some of the kit of parts component—through the bench detail and wall attachment detail.
Fountains are a main part of the Sienese culture, as they once had a purpose of public drinking, bathing, and washing—eg. Fontebranda, link below for reference.
However, the choice of this modern fountain contrasts the original typology of the aforementioned fountain by serving only as an aesthetic element. It does not contain the typical material construction (smaller scaled brick vs marble block) as well as the typical method of construction (arcade vs no arcade).
More specific to the time of Palio, the fencing around the Campo provides an interesting modular track boundary. It is placed between the bollards and secured in existing voids in the ground.
One’s typical loggia, this one specifically nearby the Universidad de Siena’s dorm on Via de Porrione.
Following suit the component aspect of the Palio fencing and seating, the shutters in the dorms have a range of operational positions and pairings of solids and transparencies that minimizes, maximizes, and everything in between, lighting in the room—as depicted in the right detail. Details of external and internal connections complete the composition.
Palio was—in one word—breath taking. It is more than a 2-minute horse race between the neighborhood, or Contradas.Time stops and the town celebrate tradition, pride, and everything that is Sienese.
The gathering in Il Campo, slowly filling up.
Beginnings of the march
Some close ups as march passes by
Really big oxen.
At this moment, the riders leave the Palazzo and line up for the beginning of the race.