The Malleus Castle is located in Recanati, the town known for Giacomo Leopardi and his romantic poetry. It is surrounded by one of the most beautiful views Marche region offers, from the coast of the Adriatic Sea to the Sibillini mountains.
In perfect stylistic balance between ancient and modern, it is conceived by Malleus through the vision in a lucid dream where he observes a bridge that connects two dimensions between two different centuries.
With its style that encompasses the architecture of a real medieval castle set between two glass wings as in the most modern buildings, it represents this union between historical tradition and contemporary innovation.
The construction work of the structure began in 2008, from a project conceived under the artistic direction of Malleus and from a graphic idea by Mirco Tangherlini.
The project is then entrusted to the engineer Alfonso Rubino of Padua for the architectural development. The latter, known for the countless studies on the “Sacred Geometry” of European cathedrals and ancient Egypt, applies the same rules to the architecture of the Castle along with today’s civil engineering techniques.
As constructive DNA, Alfonso Rubino is inspired by the Cathedral of Santa Sofia in Constantinople, and applies the same proportions in the calculations, to recreate inside the Castle, according to the wishes expressed by Malleus, a place of great energy, Creativity and Peace.
The Castle in fact has a central tower in perfect proportion with the two side wings, reflecting the typical plan of the Byzantine churches of the fifth century. This type of structure was also positioned above a particular source of geomagnetic energy thanks to the precious contribution of the geomagnetic scholar Sandro Montironi who carried out a field research finding the ideal position from where the castle stands.
Thanks to this union between the ‘energetic’ positioning of the structure and the particular architectural geometry of the building, an environment in total harmony between man and nature is obtained, according to ancient traditions.
The building works
The design phase of the structure involved a long and careful study, from the choice of the place, to the search for materials that most resemble real medieval castles. An accurate investigation was carried out for both the exteriors and the interiors aimed at recovering the original way ancient buildings were made and especialy amanuensis monasteries.
The final engineering plan and construction works, carried out under the direction of the engineer Enzo Piersimoni from Ancona, are completed in 2011.
The Castle is spread over 4 floors for a total extension of 1500 square meters, with open-space environments between the ancient and the modern and including a conference room and a panoramic terrace.
The bricks of different shades of ocher, brown and red are imported from the Vandersanden kilns in Belgium. This is to obtain the same shade as the historic buildings of Recanati.
In the Castle you can admire two unique works of art:
the first Gothic arch on a curved surface and the first curved copper gutter.
The application of ancient masonry techniques in the construction that exactly follow the medieval tradition have ensured that the FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) has declared the Malleus Castle a building of national importance by virtue of the fact that visitors can learn and receive explanations how medieval castles were built.
In Te Ipso Veritatem Quaere, the phrase engraved at the entrance to the castle under the hand-carved coat of arms symbolizes the profound meaning that the construction of the Castle represents.
The spiked club inside the coat of arms, on the other hand, is the symbol from which the name Malleus derives (hammer or mace in Latin). The black and white background reminds us of the primordial forces of light and dark.
At the center of the shield is the Maltese cross: an octagonal cross of Byzantine origin, in which originally the eight points represent the eight divine beatitudes. Later than the first use of the symbol in the eighth century, the order of the Knights of Malta assigned a different meaning to the points of the cross, which came to represent the characteristics of a good knight.
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