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Alberti 759

Multilevel car park

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Location
Firenze, Italy
Client
C.F.S., G.S.T.
Date
2009
Dimensions
2.400 mq retail space, 1.740 mq housing (79 bed), 4.000 mq public square, 9.960 mq covered car park (759 parking space)
Budget
€ 22.279.767,00
Commission
Concept, developed and technical design, art direction
Team:
Architectural design
Arx srl, Alessandra Ciullini
Structural design
Aei progetti srl
Systems design
Politecnica soc. coop
Credits
Davide Virdis

Redesigning Piazza Alberti in Florence is an opportunity to experiment with the relationship with history and resolve the one with contextual languages. Parking is not a duty to be paid in exchange for convenience; it must be given dignity and design care. The idea was to define pleasant spaces thanks to the sensorial elements of quality places: lights, shadows, visual filters, mathematical patterns, joints and volumetric encounters. The project incorporates the context's requests. The immediate and visual ones, volumetric alignments with nearby buildings, the architecture along Via Campofiore and the relationship between empty and full spaces, but also the tactile and material ones, the legacy of a post-war Florentine modernity that owes much to the Renaissance world. However, the context also offers unexpected opportunities which become essential: in Piazza Alberti the added value comes from the discovery of three Lombardic tombs during some excavations. Contemporary everyday life finds an opportunity to "force" abstraction, by pulling the noises near to the silence and solemnity of a tangible presence dating back to 500 years ago.