In progress Construction site: Verona Client: Private Building area: sqm 60,000 Service required: planning
Reclamation of a degraded area that throughout the decays was scene of news items and social troubles. This intervention builds an occasion of upgrading and reappropriation of a piece of town. Hinge between the historical centre and the south industrial area, the complex shall include indoor shopping centers and free-time facilities subsidiary to the ones of the town centre, of which the complex itself builds an extension. A whole range of services for the community shall contribute to increase the city quality: a park of 50,000 sqm, underground parking places, pedestrian paths and bikeways, new roads, public space. Great attention has been paid to the use of environmentally compatible energies and materials, from the planted roof, through photovoltaic, trigeneration, to geothermal power.
Site: Vicenza Client: Private Building area: widening sqm 25,000 - overall complex sqm 58,000 Service required: architectural planning and interior design, supervision of works
The shopping centre, having a stream of more than 5,000,000 visitors a year, is one of the first ones realized in Italy after the "French pattern" with hypermarket, mall and shopping centre. The use of the sunlight coming from the skylights of the main mall and of the arcade lends the rooms the atmosphere of the streets of the town. The use of natural materials ranging from the wood of the ceiling to the marble from Verona, together with steel and glass aims to offer the users a familiar though contemporary environment. The variety of shapes, spaces and structures helps the visitors to orientate "naturally". The parking places are hosted in a wide underground place under the shopping centre, with the twofold benefit to allow comfortable paths for visitors and to have a low impact on the territory.
Year: 2001 Site: Vicenza Client: Private Building area: widening sqm 25,000 - overall complex sqm 58,000 Service required: architectural planning and interior design, supervision of works
The centre, realized by the firm in 1994 was widened on double galleries with shops of medium surfaces for an overall area of the complex of 58,000 sqm. The plan of widening considered some essential problems: during the planning, the need of innovation of the complex should not create imbalance with the existing building, during the building site, the need to keep the centre open without interruptions. A big mall with double height marks the core of the widening with a big glass-wall facing toward a waterway and a green outdoor area. The plan aims to make comfortable the way indoor in the hot and cold months, typical of Italian northern-eastern climate, keeping as long as possible the natural effect lent by the light coming from the top and from the wide glass-wall. Photographer's credits: Matteo Piazza
Year: 2006 Site: Vicenza Client: Private Building area: widening of sqm 1,500 - overall complex 7,500 sqm Service required: architectural planning and interior design, supervision of works
The intervention widens the BMW dealer room for a surface of about 1,500 sqm. The complex settled on the west part of the town is structured on a first floor for car exhibit and customers' reception, connected with the workshop, repairer's and warehouse of spare parts. At the two upper floors there is the car depot. The work has been as well occasion for a partial restyling of the interiors complying with BMW directions. The plan is featured by a great plainness with industrial structures and exposed plants. The exhibition room is featured by the care of details and a bright range of glass walls without vertical frame. Photographer's credits: Matteo Piazza
In progress Construction site: Verona Client: Private Building area: sqm 30,000 Service required: planning
The towers, with their overall surface of 30,000 sqm shall be hundred meter high, to the purpose to reduce their plan surface through their vertical extent and to realize a wide park for the community. The towers shall contribute to lend to the town Verona the image of centre of activity and innovation. The environmental impact is mitigated by a system of energy production using renewable and environmentally compatible sources. All parking places shall be built underground.
Year: 2008 Site: Legnago (VR) Client: Private Building area: sqm 25,000 Service required: architectural planning and interior design, supervision of works
Near to the town, this work was occasion of reclamation of a dismantled and decayed industrial area. The complex, on a wide parking place planted with threes and with a railway line on its back became the first piece of a kind of wide shopping place closed on the other side by a range of other industrial buildings under reclamation. Keeping the old chimney, the curved shape of the façade, the wide glass walls and the windows on the roof help the soft integration of the building into the upgraded context. The used materials are marble, wood, glass, bricks, which recall its previous industrial function. Photovoltaic boards on the roof deliver energy. Roads have been reorganized on a wide area, taking advantage of the private intervention as well for the realization of a tunnel under the railway, which opened a new connection toward Rovigo and Ferrara. Photographer's credits: Matteo Piazza
Year: 2008 Site: Isola di Albarella (RO) Client: Private Service required: planning and artistic supervision
The double front of the allotment on water brought to split the building in three volumes connected with each other, in order to comply with the lining up around. The maximum permeability between indoor and outdoor is achieved through wide glass-walls, the continuity of flooring, the heights and the materials of finish. Each one of the three bodies is in connection with the landscape through a different approach, depending on its orientation, the kind of landscape which it overlooks and its function: The western body, in connection with the most natural part of the isle, hosts the living quarters on a single floor almost wholly made of glass-walls. The access central body, with its double height, builds the hinge allowing the articulation and the lining up of the other two bodies. The eastern body, the most far from the channel, has the most walls and hosts on its two floors the sleeping quarters and the bathrooms. In this perspective, the house builds the first filter and the head toward the buildings of the whole isle. Considering that the privileged view is the one from water and from the bikeway beyond the channel, the roof has been drawn with a bending shape which integrates gracefully into the landscape recalling not just a kind of building but the shape of the natural sand dunes of Adriatic coast.
Renovation of a private house with indoor swimming-pool
Year: 2005 Renovation of a private house with indoor swimming-pool Site: Colli Berici, Vicenza Client: Private Service required: planning and supervision of works, plan of the garden
The renovation of a villa of the seventies and the realization of an indoor swimming-pool starts from the intention to harmonize the existing building and the new one with nature. The new volumes are partially under the level of the hill. Garage and bathroom have been redrawn as the new basement swimming pool, opening toward the valley with wide glass-walls and toward the mountains with two dormer windows of steel and glass on the roof, which frame some views of big trees rising from the steep hill. Home and swimming-pool are connected with a long passage underground, made interesting by the bending of walls toward the hill and by the sunlight filtering through the roof-window of the solarium-terrace. The dominating theme is water, sea and marine architecture in particular, recalled by colors, materials and architectural elements: blue of mosaics - drawn each single tessera - round roof windows, stainless steel, and the shape of the ceiling of lamellar wood. Photographer's credits: Matteo Piazza, Arnaldo Dal Bosco.
Year: 2000 Site: V.le Verona, Vicenza Client: Private Service required: planning and supervision of works
The building lays on a critical and much degraded context, included among a road with congested traffic, the railway and the railway bridge, on an allotment with a difficult management of surfaces and views. Conceived as a small tower of brickwork, it couples the minimal expense with a good result of performance and image through an interplay of full volumes where some bow-windows open on the main street lending indoor width and light. The building consists of 7 studio apartments, a shopping unit on the first floor and an underground garage.
Year: 2006 Site: Mira (VE) Client: Istituto Regionale per le Ville Venete (Regional Institute for Ville Venete) Service required: restoration plan of the western porch (Barchessa Ovest) the central main body and the eastern porch (Barchessa Est) (***2***)
The Villa is made of a landlord's body with three floors and two porches connected with a portico. The small sized central body is of the kind of home of Venice divided into three parts with "ancient arcade" in the middle and rooms at its wings. It satisfies the needs of the aristocrat of '500, who uses the "villa home" as the benchmark of his presence on the territory, with limited domestic functions. The ripening of politic culture brings in '600 major needs of representation, a widening of the landlord's main body and the building of two porches with frescoes. The Villa, after extinction of the aristocratic family, knows a long period of dereliction before a religious institution buys it in order to make a school of it, changing it seriously. Once leaved again is taken over by the Regional Institute for Ville Venete as preserved heritage complying with Italian Law 1089/39, in order to make of it a cultural and tertiary centre. The renovation foresees the restoration of the existing building, the building of a new congress centre and the new arrangement of the park. Works have been preceded by a phase of study about documents and by a direct analysis of the building. Each element has been classified after its kind and position in cards containing: description of materials and building technologies, supposed period, state of preservation, description of the restoration interventions to be done.
Year: 2011 Site: Cemetery, Gambellara, Vicenza Client: Private Service required: plan and supervision of works
The project aims to achieve an intimate and welcoming place and at the same time open thanks to some cut-shots on the world around it, especially the vineyards of the surrounding hills. Not only the landscape and the sky creep inside the chapel, but the light helps to create strong emotions and games of references. Details become a pretext to enter into the composition of symbolic elements such as gates and doors, made as crosses and votive lamps (steel discs set into the marble recall the lightness - the fragility of existence). Nature also finds room inside with a flowerbed that hosts a maple located next to a sitting, creating a micro-site devoted to meditation and prayer. The chapel completely covered in Botticino marble becomes the area of contrasts: light - shade, exterior - interior, culture - nature, earthing life - spiritual life. Photographer's credits: Arnaldo Dal Bosco
Year: 2004 Site: Main cemetery, Vicenza Client: Private Service required: plan and supervision of works
The plan creates an inside place independent from the outside context, a kind of close micro-cosmos, devoted to the relationship with the deceased hosted there. Therefore the golden section applied to plant and elevations and the study of space and details in order to suggest the idea of a monolith cube hollowed out, autonomous and ended off in itself, of hard stone outside and soft stone inside, with changing colors during the different daytimes. The communication between inside and outside, between ground and sky is always filtered: by the stainless steel door, pierced by a constellation of holes, or through the chinks of the lateral door frameworks, letting a grazing light, but which are never to be seen directly. The materials: Istria stone outside, Vicenza stone with three tones (white, yellow, grey) inside and rosewood marble for the graves of the two progenitors. The stone coffered ceiling stands on stainless steel laminas.
Year: 2008 Site: Legnago (VR) Client: Private and Municipality of Legnago Building area: sqm 7,500 Service required: architectural planning and interior design, supervision of works
Intervention performed in synergy between public and private bodies for the reclamation of the drying building of the previous sugar refinery Eridania. The building has three floors: the first floor for private trade use and the two floors upstairs for premises and an educational centre for small and medium industry. The restoration centered mainly on the renewal of the structures, of the steel trussed roof coated with aluminum sheets. The indoor area was conceived as pliable, to be split into different working units, though offering the perception of the wide overall volume by means of the distribution on galleries and rooms with double height.
In progress Site: Vicenza Client: Private Building area: sqm 300.000 (area) Service required: architectural planning
The project aims to create a multipurpose settlement, integrated and active all week long, that according to the last tendencies, will experience more than the few hours dedicated to agonistic sport and will create synergies and interesting complements between public and private structures. The Stadium will host events and performances, the main element of the settlement is a multipurpose complex that lives its crowning moment during matches and other events. In the meantime it will be integrated with multipurpose activities, with spaces dedicated to families, on the basis of a model diffused in all Europe. A shared location, a reference point for everyday meetings and for all age people with different interests, in a unique centre for all, fans and families. A big square where people meet each other to celebrate and practice sport activities, where urban and environmental quality becomes deterrents for violence, in a process of re-appropriation of public spaces.
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