Masterplan UNICEM Cement

The plan provides the overall design of the abandoned Unicem Cement factory near the old town of Piacenza. The proposal defines a system of main roads and most of building divisions, giving greater importance to a pedestrian axis (the current " viale dei tigli"), understood as the axis of connection and as a system of piazze and streets. The plan defines a hierarchy of spaces, roads and paths. The heart of the project is represented by a piazza which faces urban commercial activities (shops, bars, restaurants) and where the existing building recalls the historical memory of the cement works.

Location: Piacenza, Italy

Year: 2002-2003

Client: Orion Srl


Project: Mario Cucinella Architects

Team: Mario Cucinella, Elizabeth Francis (architect in charge), Andrea Gardosi, Cristina Garavelli, Matteo Lucchi, Davide Paolini, Filippo Taidelli.

Wind Analysis: Cardiff University