WHAT

WHO

HOW MUCH

HOW

PROGRAM
FINANCING
ABSOLUTE DIMENSIONS
RELATIVE DIMENSIONS
DESIGN STRATEGY

SURFACE EXTENSION

SURFACE REDUCTION

VOLUME EXTENSION

VOLUME REDUCTION

STRUCTURE

MATERIAL

IMAGE

84 PROJECTS

Variation of modes of use: functions, users, schedules, etc.

Relationship between the ownership and the form of the investment that allows the transformation

Variation of the overall dimensions of the building

Proportional relationship between new spaces and existing spaces

Relationship between the structural adjustments and the existing structure

Relationship between the forms and types of pre-existing materials and those of the new intervention

Relationship between the image of the new and the image of the existing (mimesis / contrast)

LOCATION

Nembro (BG), Italy

ARCHITECTS / FIRM

Francesco Adobati

YEAR

2013

68 Francesco Adobati – Persico SPA – Industrial area requalification


PROJECT - Main Infos

PROJECT: 68 Francesco Adobati – Persico SPA – Industrial area requalification

LOCATION: Nembro (BG), Italy

YEAR: 2013

ARCHITECT / FIRM: Francesco Adobati

BUYER: Persico SPA

SURFACE: 40.000 sqm

PRICE: € 8.000.000

DESCRIPTION:
The sale of the former Comital area, approximately 40,000 square metres, a space historically devoted to industrial activities and its purchase by the company Persico SPA, have enabled the start of a project to renovate and renovate the entire area located in Nembro, in the industrial belt bounded on the north by the tram tracks and south by the river Serio. The existing plant was composed of buildings from different historical periods: ancient buildings (the drying tower and the spinning mill), modern buildings (the production building straddling the Morlana canal and the northern one) and contemporary buildings (prefabricated buildings, canopies, sheltering of the tower and spinning). Conservation, reconversion and new construction were the three principles that have concretized the project idea. For their aesthetic quality and above all for their historical importance, the drying tower has been preserved, symbol of the industrial activity carried out from 1887 to the present and the spinning mill. The two buildings of the modern era have been converted into functional structures for the current destination of the area. Instead, all the other artifacts were dismantled which would have made the production activities of the four divisions in which the Persico Spa company is structured problematic if not impossible. New structures have been built with modern and essential lines that have created a strong break with the existing buildings, succeeding nevertheless in maintaining the underlying architectural coherence, guaranteed also by the choice of only two materials: black colored reinforced concrete, molded with matrices throughout the lower part of the buildings and transparent polycarbonate, which reflecting the colors of the sky, takes on different shades and contributes to the optical effect of continuity with the sky itself.

WHAT - Program


BALANCE BETWEEN CONSERVATION AND REPLACEMENT: The new program is in balance with the existing one.

DESCRIPTION:
Some of the existing buildings have been preserved for the reuse of their spaces. As far as production buildings are concerned, the manufacturing process of the company required the construction of new buildings.

WHO - Financing


BALANCE BETWEEN CONSERVATION AND REPLACEMENT: Balanced financing between the original owner and another investor.

DESCRIPTION:
This is a leasing transaction, therefore the works are only partially financed by Persico SPA.

HOW MUCH - Absolute Dimensions

- SURFACE present NO VARIATION,

TOTAL CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: The overall dimensions are equal to the pre-existing surface.

- VOLUME present EXTENSION,

PREVALENT CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: The overall dimensions increase moderately with respect to the pre-existing volume.

DESCRIPTION:
The new structures occupy the same area of the previous buildings but have a greater volume as they are higher.

HOW MUCH - Relative Dimensions


PREVALENT REPLACEMENT / DISCONTINUITY: The new spaces are prevalent with respect to the pre-existing spaces.

DESCRIPTION:
The most historic and representative buildings have been preserved and converted for use. All the artifacts of a productive type were instead dismantled. The new spaces are productive buildings wich occupy the same surface of the previous spaces.

HOW - Design Strategy STRUCTURE


BALANCE BETWEEN CONSERVATION AND REPLACEMENT: The supporting structure is composed in a balanced way by pre-existing structures and new structures.

DESCRIPTION:
The preserved buildings have been reconverted maintaining their original structure, while the new buildings have a reinforced concrete supporting structure.

HOW - Design Strategy MATERIAL


TOTAL REPLACEMENT / DISCONTINUITY: The materials chosen for the new intervention are completely different from the pre-existing ones.

DESCRIPTION:
The new buildings involve the use of only two materials: black-colored reinforced concrete, molded with matrices for the entire lower part of the buildings and transparent-colored polycarbonate, which reflects the colors of the sky.

HOW - Design Strategy IMAGE


BALANCE BETWEEN CONSERVATION AND REPLACEMENT: The new intervention balances elements of continuity and discontinuity with respect to existing structures.

DESCRIPTION:
The new buildings with modern and essential lines create a decisive fracture with the existing buildings, while managing to maintain a dialectical relationship with them.

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