The City Council of Bologna commissioned the construction of a building covering an area of 33,000 sqm to house, at one location, the 1,000 employees of the City, previously distributed in 21 different places in the city. The building is located behind the train station, where there was a fruit and vegetable market.
The project aims to redevelop the area and reconnect it to the city center. The design concept is to break a single mass in three blocks intended for various activities. The blocks of different heights are joined by a shading roof, an entrance hall built on four floors and a public space that degrades.
The roof has the dual function of protecting from solar radiation and give a sense of architectural cohesion to the whole complex. This large single roof, which is the defining element of the design, it folds like a giant “origami” placed on the various buildings above a panoramic terrace.
Location: Bologna, Italy
Year: 2003 -2008
Client: NEWCO DUC Bologna s.p.a.
Associates: Consorzio Cooperativa Costruzioni, ADANTI s.p.a., Cooperativa Edile Appennino s.c.a.r.l, Consorzio Emiliano-Romagnolo fra le Cooperative di Produzione e Lavoro, COGEI Costruzioni s.p.a, Manutencoop s.p.a.
Surface area: 33 000 m2
Project: Mario Cucinella Architects
Team: Mario Cucinella, Marco Capelli, Angelo Agostini, Gabriele Evangelisti, Giuseppe Perrone con Tommaso Bettini, Stefano Brunelli, Carmine Concas, Roberta Grassi, Dora Giunco, Antonella Maggiore, Caterina Michelini, Francesca Petrucci, Simone Rota, Michele Roveri, Alessio Rocco, Pasqualino Tomassi, Marco Orlandi. Models: Stefano Rossi
Lay-out offices: Pcmr
Structural engineering: NIER Ingegneria s.p.a, Massimo Majowiecki, Vincenzo Lombardi
Mechanical engineering: NIER Ingegneria s.p.a, Bruno Versari
Electrical engineering: Beta Progetti S.r.l, Gabriele Anatrini, Lorenzo Grillo
Project Coordinator: Open Project S.r.l.
Responsible of the works: Romano Piolanti
Space Planning: Progetto CMR s.r.l.
Consulenza Spazi Commerciali: Espansione Commerciale + Center
Finance corporation: Banca Opi, Gruppo San Paolo Imi, Banca MedioCredito, Gruppo Unicredit
Photo credit: Daniele Domenicali