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.
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.
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