Project type: Mixed-use development
Location: Genoa, Italy
Client: City of Genoa, SPIM S.p.A
Size: 75 000 sqm/GFA
Cost: 171 M€
Status: competition, shared prize
Project team: A-PLATZ + FUSO (architecture), INLANDSIS (landscape), Memo Architecture (image)
The site is part of the dockland regeneration area of Genoa on the plot occupied by the former Trade Fair.
The all-concrete trade fair site is transformed into a new pedestrian area, where seawater is introduced in form of the new canal system so that the city recovers a piece of it`s coast line.
Our general attitude is to build responsibly, meaning that the buildings are compacted, leaving ground surface for public space.
The water’s edge provides a continuous promenade following the littoral of both the shore and the island. It is a mineral and minimalist landscape pertinent to its coastal condition and the setting of the industrial port.
The interior of the island is constituted of generous public spaces planted with an abundance of vegetation distinct to the Mediterranean landscape.
Eight new buildings hosting housing, offices, hotel and commercial spaces are part of a coherent but varied system that enters in dialogue with the existing XXL structures on site.
The new buildings are simple, robust without excess in form or any other aspect, with the qualities of classic urbanity. It is not the single building trying to impress, but the whole ensemble consisting of squares, walkways, vegetation and buildings with courtyards and passageways that provides the good quality.
The apartment block takes inspiration from courtyard types of Genoa.The courtyards turn the generally difficult lighting conditions of the wide building into a positive thing, where the apartments offer more than usual. Each two apartments are grouped around a courtyard. The layout is flexible, as the transversal apartments can be split into two smaller units. The buildings consist of a plinth of two floors, facing the canal, and an upper register of four floors, respectively the tower.The rigorous layout offers a clear background for the heterogeneous image of the port and the different boats.
Model photos: Zoltán Biró