Monday, July 27, 2009
Luxury Polo and Culture ( Polo del Lusso e della Cultura ) | Bergamo, Italy | Asymptote Architecture, De8 Architetti
Architect: Asymptote Architecture, DE8 Architects
HEALTH - Hospitals, private clinics
CULTURE - Cultural Centers (multi-functional ),Cinema
EXHIBITS AND EVENTS - Congress
TRADE - Malls ,Showroom, Shops
TOURISM AND WELLNESS - Hotels
Client: Pretended Spa (Gruppo Percassi)
Link: www.asymptote.net ,www.deottostudio.com
Luxury Polo and Culture
Towers, domes and structures from soft lines and rounded, covered by a white sheet lying on the ground. So that is the future of Luxury Polo and Culture is intended to rise near the airport of Orio al Serio.
The project involves the area of Azzano, the area south of the mall Orio Center, and provides for the creation of a multifunctional complex management of tertiary and 148,000 square feet - which also includes a gallery of luxury, with prestigious brands of clothing , accessories and local products, and a planetarium.
Partially perforated, the unique coverage allocated to large green areas and openings designed for natural lighting of commercial spaces and areas for leisure.
The intervention involves the construction of 90mil square meters of commercial areas to target.
More 58mil square meters will host a hotel, a health clinic, a building in destination management, and a complex tertiary and leisure destination with a multiplex cinema, conference center, spaces for exhibitions, concerts and parades.
In addition, the implementation of infrastructure projects in support of this new settlement, a new ramp on 2 levels on the highway 591 (including adjustments to the road and local roads to the graft), along with other measures of adaptation of local roads (on a roundabout Provincial Road 115 "Old Cremasca" in addition to the formation of dual carriageway on the road 116).
Major clearing and environmental mitigation will eventually liquifying outbound from 'A4, improve accessibility to' airport of Orio and strengthening the system of bicycle paths.
Bergamo, Italy-Asymptote Architecture's design for the St. Paul-Azzano Master Plan, a 100,000-square-meter commercial development, was recently unveiled at the international MAPIC retail real estate conference in Cannes, France. The site for the new master plan is an area south of Orio al Serio International Airport near the historic city center of Bergamo in Northern Italy. The master plan, as conceived by Asymptote, is a meandering and intriguingly articulated collection of surfaces that seem to have evolved naturally from the adjacent farmlands and calls for powerful, yet subtle, new architectural works placed on an urban plinth. Overall, the St. Paul-Azzano Master Plan is a signal for the possibility of such developments to be aesthetically and architecturally compelling dynamic.
The manifestation of the Italian rural landscape in built form is an elegant solution to the commercial and real need for mid-to large-scale development projects such as this one. The site is divided into various precincts accommodating cinemas, a planetarium, shopping and retail centers, medical facilities, hotels and office complexes, altogether forming a balanced and harmonic symbiotic relationship to the surrounding airport, roadways, rural context and nearby developments already completed. The surfaces of the master plan in subtle climb slopes upwards, allowing for beneath the programs to be adequately planned and programmed to include places to walk and enter the various buildings from above, and to be used as public open spaces, amphitheaters and cafés that are open to the sky and surroundings.
Beneath these planar surfaces are urban spaces influenced by the great Italian tradition of public colonnaded streets such as those found especially in Bergamo and Bologna. These "undercuts" provide sheltered, dignified promenades, public sidewalks, retail frontage and so on, while also providing a means of defining public streets versus the private realm, a process, through architecture, of humanizing the streetscape and allowing people to experience a new and modern urban environment that, although drawn from the past, is firmly and precisely centered on the future.
The project's clean lines, articulated roofs capes and surfaces, dignified public streets and parks, as well as the playful nature of the architectural forms that spring from the planar surfaces, all comprise a new approach to this scale of development in areas and locales within the Italian context where people need a sense of place and purpose that is not solely tied to the past and its powerful presence in this country, but provide a glimpse of a future where efficiency, commerce and culture comingle in a dignified place that is wholly new and progressive, without being empty and devoid of meaning.