In 2015, the Arab-Norman route of Palermo has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: among its monuments, the Zisa complex constitutes an extraordinary example of a building typology with unique technological and environmental characteristics because it combines the expert stonework craftsmanship with some passive air conditioning systems to improve indoor comfort. The building was erected by Arab craftsmen for the sultan’s summer entertainment. It was characterized by the presence of passive systems that guaranteed satisfactory levels of comfort even today. These have been evaluated using fluid dynamics software capable of simulating the indoor comfort conditions available within the different environments of the Zisa. The results are an added value to the knowledge of a monument that is almost unique in its kind in the entire Mediterranean basin.

Colajanni, S. (2023). Passive cooling strategies in the Mediterranean building tradition: The Zisa Complex in Palermo. In R. Corrao (a cura di), (i)HERITAGE : Past and Future of UNESCO Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean Basin (pp. 135-144). Roma : Gangemi.

Passive cooling strategies in the Mediterranean building tradition: The Zisa Complex in Palermo

Colajanni, Simona
2023-10-12

Abstract

In 2015, the Arab-Norman route of Palermo has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: among its monuments, the Zisa complex constitutes an extraordinary example of a building typology with unique technological and environmental characteristics because it combines the expert stonework craftsmanship with some passive air conditioning systems to improve indoor comfort. The building was erected by Arab craftsmen for the sultan’s summer entertainment. It was characterized by the presence of passive systems that guaranteed satisfactory levels of comfort even today. These have been evaluated using fluid dynamics software capable of simulating the indoor comfort conditions available within the different environments of the Zisa. The results are an added value to the knowledge of a monument that is almost unique in its kind in the entire Mediterranean basin.
Strategie di raffrescamento passivo nella tradizione costruttiva mediterranea: Il Complesso della Zisa a Palermo
12-ott-2023
Settore ICAR/10 - Architettura Tecnica
Colajanni, S. (2023). Passive cooling strategies in the Mediterranean building tradition: The Zisa Complex in Palermo. In R. Corrao (a cura di), (i)HERITAGE : Past and Future of UNESCO Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean Basin (pp. 135-144). Roma : Gangemi.
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