Exhibit of Dedalo Minosse International Prize 2014
Year: 2014 Site: Palazzo Valmarana Braga, Vicenza Client: Cultural Association Service required: project and work direction. Organising
A "poor" and ethereal setting contrasted to the material and sumptuousness of the Palazzo Valmarana Braga of Andrea Palladio, a perfect backdrop for contemporary architecture. In the rooms on the first floor of this late Palladian building, the public was able to learn, through drawings, photos, models, texts and videos, the clients selected by the jury: the 4 Prizes (Dedalo Minosse International Prize, Dedalo Minosse Occam U International Prize. 40, ALA Award and ALA Prize U.40), the 8 Special Prizes including the Special Prize "Stanislao Nievo", dedicated to the famous environmental writer who was president of the jury from the first edition and the Special Award dedicated to the designer "Bob Noorda ". Displayed 58 further projects and stories, to complete the exhibition in a multimedia exhibition to tell everyone, experts and non-professionals, the stories and adventures of architects and clients, who were confronted, supported, fought, to achieve a common quality objective, with particular attention to economic, social and environmental aspects. Next to the glass of Murano chandeliers and leaded windows, the semitransparent polycarbonate of tables and display walls, in a reflection of reflections and refractions that has captured the natural light that penetrates the large windows of the building and the images of the ancient mirrors present in the salt. The projects have been exhibited, like on work tables, on pallets, which in turn remind the construction site, to represent the project and construction process up to the realization and completion of the work. All the materials of the exhibition were reused at the end of the exhibition, while the lighting in LED strips, mounted on raw wood supports, guaranteed a low consumption impact and a soft light quality dedicated to the exhibition.
Credits Project: Gabbiani & Associati Lighting: Targetti Sankey Wooden structures: Corà Domenico e Figli Polycarbonate: Caoduro Equipment: Codal, Segnobit Pubblicità, Golin Pallets, Rossi and Arcandi Furniture: De Padova, Ivdesign.it Photographic images: Arnaldo dal Bosco
Year: 2014 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.
A seat for everyone. Social cooperative and day center
Year: 2013 Site: Sandrigo, Vicenza Client: Margherita Social Cooperative Service required: preliminary and final project
The project stems from the need to rationalize the operational structure and offices of the Margherita Cooperative, which has been operating since 1987 in the territory of Sandrigo (Vicenza) with services for the elderly, the disabled and the minors. Today the structure is hosted in several locations, not optimal for the needs of usability that the activity of the Cooperative involves. The goal of a new location is to provide a more efficient, integrated service and a comfortable and welcoming home to its users and to the community of Sandrigo more generally. The new headquarters becomes the congruent materialization of the services offered with the aim of inclusion, according to the mission of the cooperative itself. The construction of the new headquarters is also an opportunity for the Cooperative to propose to the territory and even on a larger scale an innovative project that can become a case history for other future similar experiences, combining adherence to international trends and drives towards environmental sustainability and social and that of a strong rooting with the local community. The project is the result of a series of "shared" meetings with the various sectors of volunteers, members and users of the Cooperative whose various operational needs of the center have been implemented. The client, complex in its configuration, asked for a project for everyone with an inclusive perspective, in which architecture is the means to generate new conditions of life and the fruit of constant dialogue. The project involves the construction of a day center on the ground floor, while the offices are located at the first floor. Some rooms located at the top of the building are a sort of osmotic interface between the internal activities at the center and a range of community services (with three multipurpose rooms) that can be used from the center or even independently of the town during closing times. Typologically, the project is the contemporary reinterpretation of the villa or historic farmhouse in the Municipality of Sandrigo. Therefore it develops in autonomous volumes that correspond to the various functional needs of the complex and to the coexistent necessities of having a "protected" location desired by the legislation and of allowing the opening to the outside of some functions of community value. The project in fact generates very close relationships and correlates with the physical and social context of the Sandrigo community. The center must stimulate these relationships and create new contexts of encounter and exchange between diversities. It is an opportunity not only for the guests of the cooperative and their families, but for the whole community of the country. An open place for meeting, exchange, inclusion of different people for skills, age, social and cultural conditions. A place that takes into account the richness of diversity and increasing complexity in contemporary society, valuing everyone's contributions. The center is for ALL and provides for the coexistence of different people (young people, the elderly, the disabled, citizens, operators, carers, family members, etc.). In this perspective, the whole system is designed according to a Design for All approach, that is, design aimed at social inclusion and the enhancement of differences. A project for All does not consider standard users, but rather assumes the diversity of individuals as a wealth for the project. The project for everyone is first and foremost a process involving designers, customers and users, understood in a broad sense as those who will use the building or which will have repercussions: the users of the center, citizens, volunteers, members, etc. . From an organic listening and organization of needs and objectives an integrated journey of different experiences and professionalism is carried out. The Design for All is a design philosophy that has its origins in Northern Europe and that arises from the perspective of building buildings, objects and systems accessible to as many people as possible. What is thought of as comfortable, easy, friendly becomes an advantage for all users. Already starting from the choice of the location of the new headquarters, located in the heart of a residential area and in connection with schools, public green and the center of the country, the orientation is to "include". The project considers accessibility in a broad sense from a motor, visual and cognitive point of view. The center is in fact developed to facilitate the circulation and movement of people with easy access from the outside and coplanarity of the internal and external surfaces, convenient parking, large covered spaces, rational, absence of gradients between the local day center, developed rigorously on a single level and minimum threshold level towards the outside. The vertical connections and lifts are wide, comfortable and with a speed calibrated to the needs of the people. In this way, those who are in wheelchairs, those who have difficulty overcoming a plane of stairs or those who carry weights have a soft, slow transport without jolts and comfortable ... who instead is able-bodied and in haste climbs a floor of stairs on foot ... with the benefit of the health of his heart !. The doors and the openings are studied case by case depending on the use of the room and their maximum comfort and safety. From a cognitive point of view, the project plays on color contrasts, tactile contrasts to recognize places and functions, involving the maximum possible number of senses, in order to optimize the personal resources of the guests of the day center in a wider range of possible stresses and personal comfort. With this in mind, the building is also simple and logical and speaks of itself and its functions through its architecture, different volumes and separate functional blocks. The project aims to create comfortable environments taking care of light distribution and acoustic well-being. It takes into account soundproofing measures related to users' needs, also in relation to the functions that take place in the different rooms (laboratory activities, motor activities, canteen, resting places) and also the type of users who can request quiet and secluded places . The building is designed to have a low impact and to achieve energy savings through the care of the envelope and the integration of alternative resources taking advantage of the characteristics of the place. Great attention is paid to the materials and the forecast of the containment of management costs both in terms of energy and maintenance of the building. The inclinations, the ventilations and the routing of the roofs and the dimensions and types of the windows are studied, which support the building's exposure to allow an optimal thermal and luminous irradiation.
Year: 2012 Site: Vinh Phuc, Vietnam Client: Piaggio Building area: sqm 5,000 Service required: preliminary project
The project, with its 5,000 square meters of extension, defines a garden that wants to be a meeting place between Italian and Vietnamese culture, through an interpretation of the water landscapes of Hanoi and the Italian garden. The park is divided into a series of small pavilions located in an area that alternates green areas with water. Precise functions, organized in thematic places, give order to the whole, but are tempered by a versatility of use that allows at the same time that free and communal use of space, so dear to the Vietnamese. The presence of Piaggio is evoked by the theme of the hexagon, which recalls the company brand, characterizing the plan of the pavilion and some items of furniture designed ad hoc. The park contains a small museum pavilion and another double pavilion, intended for projection and multimedia use. To the south, there is a soccer field and a small outdoor pool; the changing rooms and services are obtained in two separate but adjacent blocks, in order to allow a simultaneous use of the two structures; a third pavilion is dedicated to refreshment. The green of the park interpenetrates and integrates, in a complementary way, the functions of small buildings. At the center there are two educational-ludic paths: the garden of colors and the garden of perfumes, with flowers and essences typical of the country's climate. Next to the two thematic gardens lies the stylized labyrinth, built with pruned hedges, which is reflected and interpenetrated in that made up of water elements. At the same time, the whole is a place of play, of opportunities for knowledge and interpenetration of two worlds almost at the antipodes. The play area and especially the swimming pool are educational spaces, since the Vietnamese children, although living in a place subject to violent floods, mostly do not know how to swim and are therefore sometimes victims of water. Next to the labyrinth is a real playground for children.
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: 2011 Site: Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome Client: A.R.P.A.I. Association for the Restoration of Italian Artistic Heritage Service required: design and construction supervision
The exhibition presents the Madonna with the Child, property of the Diocese of Fiesole, for which it has been proposed an attribution to Filippo Brunelleschi and of the Madonna with the Child by Jacopo Tatti the Sansovino of the Civic Museums of Vicenza. Alongside the two masterpieces are some works derived from them, intended for different clients. The exhibition, curated by Louis Godart, is an opportunity to highlight the "lineage" or the filiation of masterpieces, important copies of different qualities, now public and private, allowing the close study of the restored models. The exhibition, held in the Sale delle Bandiere at Palazzo del Quirinale, was set up by Gabbiani & Associati with great attention to the Madonnas on display, choosing to put the entire installation at their service. Hence the decision to hide almost completely the rooms in which the exhibition was hosted, in order not to distract the visitor's attention from the exhibited works. Consistent with this principle, therefore, the floors were covered with light carpeting, the ceilings concealed by light-colored semi-transparent canvas panels and the black-painted backdrops. The cloth drapes disappear only when the sculptures are not present and the view is left free to admire even the interiors of the rooms. Fundamental attention was paid to the lights on the Madonnas housed in glass cases, telling the precious details. The only color present in the arrangement is the light purple, the backdrop of the exhibition panels that, with a discreet lighting, mark the path creating a gathering and contemplative atmosphere. The outfitting characterized by utmost simplicity, is aimed at creating a path whose culmination consists of the works - on display in air-conditioned and LED-lit showcases - in a setting that tries to recreate around them a circumscribed and architectural environment of a domestic type . The exhibition, inaugurated on May 10 at Palazzo del Quirinale by the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, remained open to the public until 19 June 2011. The restoration was financed by A.R.P.A.I. Association for the Restoration of Italian Artistic Heritage, which started the exhibition project.
The photographic material was provided by the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic and by ARPAI (Association for the Restoration of Italian Artistic Heritage).
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.
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.
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.
Year: 2007 Site: Belley, (F) Client: Private Service required: working plan
The client required the characterization of the entrance of the new firm factory with a modular coating of aluminum of the façade and the realization of a greenhouse to shelter an olive tree. The plan foresees a system of movable glass walls, to be kept open in the hot months and closed during the harsh winter typical of Maritime Alps.
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: 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 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.
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: 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: 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: 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.
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: 1990 Site: Vicenza Client: Private Building area: sqm 3,000 Service required: architectural planning and interior design, supervision of works
The building is composed by a floor with a shopping centre and two floors with premises overlooking inner courts. The parking places are underground. The structure is framed between huge gateways of fair-faced concrete being the skeleton of pillars and the moulding of the building.
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