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 organized by Comune di Concordia sulla Secchia.
With Matteo Missaglia. Images by The Big Picture Visual