"The Ocean Room" is a proposed installation for the city of Matera Italy. They were awarded Unesco European Cultural Capital for 2019 and this project explores the cities ancient connection with the ocean within their unique sassi (cave) architecture.
Exterior view of "The Ocean Room" from street level, inside the sassi of Matera, Italy.
Interior view of "The Ocean Room" from street level, inside the sassi of Matera, Italy.
Aerial view of "The Ocean Room" from at night with roof lighting activated.
The Vision Pier is a design that allows viewers an transitional view of the water. The walk way is constructed with acrylic panels which give top down views of the water. In the central section an hexagonal piece is set below the water line and flanked on the sides with mirrors. It creates an infinity effect of viewing under the surface of the water, without any reflections cause by water movement or wind. The underside of the Vision Pier is fully lit to afford a unique view into the aquatic activities which happen at night.
Section view, east/west
Section view, north/south
Axonometric from above
Coastal installation view
Tanna Bamboo Bungalow
2011 – 2012
In July, Adam Marelli and a small team from the Vanuatu Pacifica Foundation (VPF), will travel to the remote island of Tanna (in the Vanuatu Chain). Rated as the “Happiest Place on Earth” by the New Economics Foundation, the local population sustains a lifestyle hardly affected by modern culture. Local tribal Chiefs Jack Kapum and Jimmy Lumé have invited the VPF to develop a carbon negative Artist’s Residency to open an exchange with the global community.
At the forefront of this incredible gesture, Adam Marelli will be combining his skills as a professional builder and cultural photographer. Marelli was invited to work alongside Chief Jimmy Lumé’s small building school to construct an experimental bungalow for artists to live on the Naihné’s land. The Chief granted design freedom to Marelli and the VPF so they can explore a combination of traditional bamboo architecture and western techniques to create a “Seismically Indifferent” structure, capable of enduring 7.0+ earthquakes and cyclones that are typical on the island.