Catania new judicial offices

The project for the new headquarters of the judicial offices of Catania, designed with Progetto CMR, treats building and public space with a holistic approach, thus establishing an indissoluble relationship between these two elements together with the urban and natural context. A city waterfront embedded between the sea and Etna.  The shape of the open courtyard reinterprets a building typology typical of Catania’s historical center and declines it in the site by opening the block towards the landscape and lifting part of the volume from the ground. To the simple composition of volumes corresponds a clear organization of the program, designed to be extremely functional and meet the needs of efficiency, safety and separation of the public flows from those of the employees. Taking advantage of the topography of the site, courtrooms and gardens are arranged on terraces sloping down towards the sea. The strong integration of the building with the landscape and with the public space gives a new aura to the exercise of justice: while maintaining its authoritative and institutional profile, it is deprived of the most intimidating aspects by emphasizing its civic and collective value. 

The design concept is based on the development of a new housing typology, an apartment conceived in 10 size, that, combined in different ways, generates three types of buildings. The apartments have a structure based on a module aggregated according to the square meters of the typology. When the apartments are join together, they generate buildings in order to respect these values: sustainability and eco-compatibility, flexibility maximization of natural lighting, inexpensiveness, presence of collective spaces.

The idea of OFFICITY stems from an analysis of the Hippostalo office building.

The concept is founded on contemporary space flexibility. The building foresees that on each floor there are different activities: an area for the lunch break, for leisure, education, creativity, for sports activities or simply to move between personal or collective work spaces, in order to guarantee the maximum multidisciplinary communication between the various users.

The project structured in this way, in addition to the services and equipment needed to maintain a high level of productivity, offers added value: the opportunity to meet people with whom to network and generate job opportunities and collaboration.

Loro Piana, well-known Italian producer of high-end fabrics, through an invitation-based competition asked the participating studios to create a proposal for a new manufacturing plant and offices. They request to propose an industrial complex with an image suited to the Corporate Brand. “The landscape factory” has the aim of respecting and enhancing the environment with a volume articulation that limits the landscape impact and promotes the application of innovative and sustainable technologies.

 

 

The incubator and laboratory project “BROLETTO DELLA INNOVAZIONE and the reorganization of Via Bovio in Novara, propose a new relationship between city, green, urban social life and places of research and work.

The building develops around themes of sustainability of the architecture and the quality of the urban plant, structuring itself into a single new volume that exploits all the allowed height, thus minimizing the consumption of land and the footprint on the ground. The required functions are arranged on three levels plus underground parking.

Il livello 0 è svuotato in modo da creare una piazza semipubblica di connessione con l’intorno. Gli spazi pubblici e percorsi pervadono tutto il sito, orientando e demarcando gli spazi costruiti.

 

FAHRENHEIT, the library of Helinki, is a contemporary landmark, a horizontal volume. Big but simple. A bioclimatically intelligent machine, a place of collective aggregation and, at the same time, a solid legacy for future generations. A landmark that wants to enter into a relationship with the city and its inhabitants. FAHRENHEIT is a system of spaces at different levels, sometimes highly qualified, others more indeterminate. These places spread throughout the project allowing a flexible and multiple use of the entire structure for the various activities of the library.

Crystalline, an office building, is defined by a coating that renews the image of an existing landmark and recalls the effect of the northern lights fragmenting it into hundreds of crystals. This device increases interior lighting and connects users with the context. The offices structured as open spaces are characterized by flexible and reconfigurable modular elements with precise functions requiring privacy. The landscape design project that characterizes is the environment around the building, configuring new spaces for aggregation and mobility paths.

For the international competition for the new BARILLA headquarter DONTSTOP Architettura proposed C.A.M.P.O.: Community Area Mix Pavilion One-off. It is conceived not as an ensemble of promotional functions, it is an interactive functional systems, a real accessible park, attractive and accessible 365 days a year. Therefore, it is not imagined just for the visitors of the plant, or customers and guests of the company, but also for the local community as an HUB of open-air activities, cultural services, leisure and pedagogic activities.

The project for the second phase of the competition for the preparation of the DESIGN pavilion for the annual meeting of the UNESCO creative cities 2019 takes shape in the Ex Conceria building in Fabriano. The system has been designed as an easily reconfigurable device to host, in its layout, a conference room, a room for seminars, spaces for meeting and dialogue and the presentation of the contents of the participating cities.

The creation of an identity image of the Innovation Design District comes first of all from the territorial analysis and a mapping of the places of interest and the players involved in the area. This study led to define the limits and paths involved during possible events in the district. Therefore, portals were designed that had the function not only of actual entrance to the district, but also of objects able to host interactive informations and materials. The physical and programmatic relationship between all these elements generates the identity and the spatiality of the IDD.

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