The vegetation mitigates the presence of architecture, which reinterprets Lombard historical morphologies with contemporary materials and shapes.
preliminary, final, executive project, DA - 2014 / in progress
Torrevecchia Pia, Pavia (Italy)
The Ugolini S.p.a. produces refrigeration machines for drinks and ice creams, and celebrates its 70 years of activity with a new production plant that brings together the activities now present in the nearby town of Vigonzone and the administrative and commercial functions of Opera (MI).
Mitigate the perception of the industrial climate through plant presence: this principle guides the design choices at the base of the intervention, which envisages the construction of three distinct buildings in a trapezoidal lot, currently partly used for arable land and partly for forest use. , which lies along the former State Road 412, in an intermediate position between the urban nucleus of Torrevecchia Pia and that of the hamlet of Vigonzone. At the entrance to the industrial center, the caretaker’s house houses an independent 110 sq.m. apartment with a garden, with a pitched roof in material and geometric continuity with that of the office building. The latter reinterprets the morphology of the Lombard farmhouse with an open courtyard and embraces four large trees (walnut, oak and plane tree) which help to animate the collective space. Adjacent to the offices is the production space: the volumetric continuum aims to equalize the roles of workers and office workers. The building for the warehouse is instead isolated, has the main front facing the parking lot and is accessible around the entire perimeter from the vehicles. Continuous material and stylistic dialogues link a succession of unitary spaces. There are three main materials chosen to connote the volumes of the buildings: a ventilated façade in medium gray GRC, prefabricated concrete paneling treated with different finishes, and the corrugated sheet metal painted for roofing. Also for the external arrangements there are three elements that define the project: gray asphalt, beige architectural cement, and extensive lawn.