Nuova Piazza Garibaldi

A complex morphological condition is enhanced through the analysis of the context and its typological characteristics for grafting a new public space in a devastated town.

In may 2012, the eighteenth-century Palazzo Mari collapsed due to a strong earthquake. The project for a new piazza and a building integrating the old Palazzo’s ruins performs as a junction between the historical center and the twentieth-century urban fabric. The grafting of a collective space born from such a dramatic episode is a symbolic act for strengthening the community’s hope in the town reconstruction. The new narrow building is characterized by a portico, a feature which is present in the entire city. It hosts a mix of apartments and offices with a permeable ground floor characterized by commercial spaces and a connection between the new piazza and the side aisle of the prospicient Church. The concept of memory has been declined through an analysis of the morpho-typological features of the site, for proposing a correct materiality and a careful rhythmic solution in the facade design.

competition | with Matteo Missaglia, images by The Big Picture Visual
4000 m2

the old palazzo after the 2012 earthquake


ground floor plan


elevation from Via della Pace


isometric exploded view


the piazza during the market activities


elevation from Piazza Garibaldi


facade study and technological section


sunset in Piazza Garibaldi