The project is the fruit of a complex process of study and reflection on the meaning of living in a historical city in the modern world and on the dialogue between new and old in old city centres.
The project involves a number of buildings, overlooking Via Orfeo, Via Borgolocchi and Via de’ Butteri, of which the oldest nucleus, dating from the late 19th century, was maintained with a retrofitting of the façade. Starting from this nucleus, the external compositional language develops over a further two blocks in a deliberately gradual passage from conservation to substitution. This initially makes reference to the stylistic features of the oldest building, reinterpreting its motifs and proportions in a modern key. It concludes, in the third block, by affirming an authentically contemporary architectural language.
The result is an urban environment project that respects tradition while having a strongly innovative intention, one that aims to understand and reinterpret the substance of the urban scene and adapt it to contemporary functionalities and languages.
In creating a total of 36 apartments, the project also had to come to terms with the relationship between collective space and private space, typical of collective residential buildings, making a study of views and terraces in a large internal courtyard/garden, reorganized to host an underground car park on two levels, with a delicate operation of moving and replanting trees and shrubs.