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Academic work

2005 - 2010


Graduation thesis Riqualification of a strategic urban complex Academic year 2009 - 2010 Project designed with Valeria Piras

Project area The ORMUS residential complex is located in Cagliari between Piazza Giovanni, the Music’s Park (Parco della Musica), Via Dante and Via Salaris. It consists of a flat-top building on the two lowest levels (ground floor and basement) and four residential blocks of six levels each. The building at the corner between Via Dante and Via Salaris is not part of the complex.

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The project area is located in a strategic position, in that, so far it is sited between two city borders: the consolidate city and the new city, lately affected by a series of urban projects.

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The two urban typologies that surround the urban block of the project are also different in their morphology. The old town is characterised by streets, surrounded by compact buildings, whereas the new town is described as “open”, because the buildings are scattered on the area, making pedestrian space more flexible.

First floor

Ground floor

Basement floor

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The potential multipurpose nature of the complex is enhanced by the two lateral streets, which represent two of the main arterial streets of Cagliari: Via Dante as the commercial way, Via Sant’Alenixedda as the cultural one.

Riqualification of a strategic urban complex Identification of the project area

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Current situation Paths Courtyards

Vertical private connections Natural lighting system of the flat-top building

Current situation: no vertical permeability

The most important problems of the complex concern the flat-top building, as its potentials are not fully being met. The internal pathways are made up of corridors which link the different streets that surround the block. Moreover the present functions (banks, furniture shops, ect.) are not able to pull a lot of people in. The courtyards, directly lit by natural light, are inaccessible as is the basement, where there are only stock rooms and some parking spaces. The vertical permeability is absent, the only links are represented by the stairs that lead people to the houses.


Initial concept Based on the distinction between “closed” and “open” city it was assumed three different hypothesis of intervention on the flat-top building. The first presupposes to re-use the open city model by scattering small buildings on his two floors. In this case the paths would be more flexible. The second one suggests the closed model through the study of linear pathways that cut transversely and longitudinally the building. In both cases it is generated a conflict with one of the present urban models. The third scenario seems to be the most suitable. It assumes to mix the two design strategies to create a hybrid system which contains both the characteristics of the closed and the open city.

Paths Courtyards

Vertical public connections Vertical private connections Natural lighting system of the flat-top building

An important aspect is the increase of vertical permeability, achieved through the dismemberment of the ground floor’s garret. In this way we created a variety of physical and visual connections between the ground floor and the basement, ensuring sufficient lighting at the same time.

Idea of project: more vertical permeability


The decision to create a compact block along Via Dante and Via Salaris, cut only at certain points in order to allow the entry into the complex, derives from the purpose of arousing the curiosity of people that walk along the commercial street. On the contrary, in the remaining space we scattered smaller elements. In addition we wanted people to stay inside the complex, once entered. For this reason, the flat-top building was made more permeable and new functions, more attractive than the previous, were added. The two blocks along Via Salaris and Via Dante are designed to be introvert. Small windows and the narrow, red, fully glazed paths are the only openings to the outside. The first serve as showcases for shops, the second are designed to pull people in. The exterior finished of the elevations of these two blocks is made of polycarbonate, that allows the passage of light, but hides the functions that take place inside. On the other hand the elevations along Via Sant’Alenixedda and Piazza Giovanni are completely extroverted.

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Elevated sqaure North elevation

Groundfloor

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Basement

restaurant shopping coffee house / archive baby parking bar bank

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South elevation, toward Via Salaris

Ground floor Riqualification of a strategic urban complex Ground floor

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Galleries / Red pathways

Current situation: internal pathway

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Red pathways

Study of the red pathways

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Riqualification of a strategic urban complex Internal pathway_Gallery / Red pathway

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Vertical connections

Current situation: except for the private stairs, the parking ramp is the only connection between the ground floor and the basement

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Public stairway

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Riqualification of a strategic urban complex Input platform / Public stairway

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Public squares

Current situation: courtyard_ground floor

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Square_basement

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Riqualification of a strategic urban complex Courtyard_ground floor / Square_basement

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Basement Cross section A-A Elevated sqaure

Groundfloor

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Basement

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restaurant shopping multimedia library / bookshop party room bar / billiard room bank / offices

Ovest elevation, toward Via Sant’Alenixedda

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Elevated square

Different configurations of cubic games for children

The project plans to reserve all the surface of the roof garden to the families that live in the complex, especially to the children. Indeed it was thought to realise a playground made up of coloured glass cubes that, sliding down and partially invading the space of the lower floor, become real skylights to the ground floor. Thanks to the use of additional openings, wooden paths and vegetation, these cubes are located as much as possible far away from the dwelling of the first floor, in this way they don’t bother the residents.


Roof extension In regard to the roof extension, it was planned to add one small room at least to 80% of the houses of the complex. These small rooms can be used for different functions (storage, room, study). They’re also energetically selfsufficient, thanks to the photovoltaic panels installed on the roof. In addiction it was thought to realise different urban kitchen gardens, each belonging to a single unit.

Roof extension

Elevated sqaure

Groundfloor

Basement

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HYPOTHESIS OF ROOF EXTENTION

100%

80%

60%

STUDY OF THE INTERVENTION ON THE ROOF

CASE 1: 100% of the residences have a compartment on the roof Percentage of space used for the use of photovoltaic panels: 58% Percentage of green space available: 42%

CASE 2: 80% of the residences have a compartment on the roof Percentage of space used for the use of photovoltaic panels: 45% Percentage of green space available: 55%

CASE 3: 60% of the residences have a compartment on the roof Percentage of space used for the use of photovoltaic panels: 35% Percentage of green space available: 65%

CALCULATION OF ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS It was established an energy yield of 200 kWh per year for each square meter of surface area on which it has been installed a system of photovoltaic panels.

SOLUTION 1: creating a single, compact volume

MODULE 1: 3.00 X 4.70 = 14.10 sm Energy efficiency = 2820 kWh / year

MODULE 2: 3.00 X 4.10 = 12.30 sm Energy efficiency = 2460 kWh / year

SOLUTION 2: creating a volume generated by the sliding of each rooms. In this way it is drawn on the game of the volumes that caracterized the facades.

MODULE 3: 3.00 X 3.00 = 9.00 sm Energy efficiency = 1800 kWh / year


Laboratory of design and architectural composition V

SCHEME 3

System of space: Housing + School of art + Stores Academic year 2009 - 2010 Project designed with Valeria Piras

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SCHEME 1 Example of a city block: urban relationship between public and private Private space 3

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Public space

SCHEME 4

Analysis of the urban built: - planty of empty spaces in the blocks - alignment of buildings on the edge of the blocks

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SCHEME 2 Concept: turnover of urban relationship between public and private

Private space 3

Analysis of city paths: - pedestrian routes are mainly developed around the city blocks - the two major streets that surround the urban band’s project prevent the development of pedestrian routes along this area

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Public space

The project idea comes from some considerations about the features of the city blocks. First it was observed that buildings usually stand on the edge of the lot, producing a compact front, whereas many empty spaces are generated inside the blocks. These spaces, generated by the diversified growth of buildings inwards, are mainly unused. The second consideration was about the way of living the city. Public life always develops all around the city blocks, where commercial and public activities generally take place. This last thought is not valid for the project area because, due to the two big roads on the sides of this area, people don’t feel safe to walk around the blocks. Hence the idea of the URBAN TURNOVER was born: bringing the empty spaces outside, on one hand they can be used, on the other hand it can be created a protected area, just for pedestrian use, in the internal part of the blocks. Moreover the empty spaces are raised three meters above the level of the street, in this way they become semi-private spaces and are used like courts for the new buildings.


Tailoring Design

Drawing and graphic arts

Music

Sculpture and handicraft

Photography

Dancing and theatre

To reinforce the idea of a path developed inside a sequence of urban blocks, a cultural route was added to the physical one: it was chosen to create a school of art, in which different disciplines (music, dance, theater, sculpture, etc.) take place in each of the internal empty spaces. This NETWORK OF NODES presupposes to realise an academy of graphic arts in the block of project.

System of spaces Identification of the project area

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Project block

Viale Diaz

School of graphic design

Vico Armando Diaz

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The project block is located in Cagliari, between Viale Diaz, Via Sonnino, Viale Colombo and Vico Armando Diaz. In this area there are two pre-existing building that it was decided to preserve because they are new apartment houses. All the other buildings were demolished, especially because they was neglected. The shape of the internal pathways is designed in order to obtain a succession of small and large spaces, so that people are more involved to enter inside and to discover the hide places. All the public functions (stores, bars, school of graphic arts, parking spaces, etc.) are placed in the ground floor. The upper floors contain private flats and dwellings for students.

Ground floor plan

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1 - School’s hall 2 - Bookshop 3 - Restaurant 4 - Shopping 5 - Parking spaces

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6 - Auditorium / Bar 7 - Reading room 8 - Showroom 9 - Bar

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10 - Offices’ hall Viale Colombo

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Cross section A-A 1:400 scale

Cross section B-B 1:400 scale

Functional program

Preexisting bulding

Preexisting bulding

System of spaces Project

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Offices (9)

Pre-existing building

Private residences (4)

Private courtyards (5)

Reading room/computer room (7)

School’s rooms (2)

Longitudinal section C-C

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Pre-existing building

(3)Students residences

(1) School’s hall

(6) Auditorium

First floor plan 1 - School’s hall 2 - Rooms 3 - Students residences 4 - Private residences 5 - Private courtyards 6 - Auditorium 7 - Reading room / Computer 8 - Showroom 9 - Offices 10 - Common areas 11 - Direction 12 - Archive

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Second floor plan

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Third floor plan

Longitudinal section D-D

System of spaces Project

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Laboratory of design and architectural composition III Building in the old town Academic year 2007 - 2008 Project designed with Valeria Piras, Valeria Erasmo, Giulia Farci

By the analysis of the historical centre of Cagliari we determined the following features: high prevalence of gothic blocks, narrow streets, predominance of longitudinal roads rather than transverse, compactness of the buildings along the street, lack of privacy inside the houses due to the excessive closeness of the overlooking buildings. The project plans the construction of a housing estate in an urban void, result of the bombings of World War II. The concept considers the positive features of both the detached house (private courtyards, privacy) and the urban typology of the high density housing building (neighbourhood

relations, proximity to the services). Hence the idea of combining them into the same type, creating detached houses with courtyard, but within a multi-storey building. In order to achieve this aim we studied three different types of housing: a linear type, a L-shaped type developed on a single level and a L-shaped type developed on two levels. These three typologies were combined to realise different building blocks. The high construction density that characterises this area does not allow proper lighting and ventilation of the buildings. For this reason the complex was extensively studied in this respect. The design response to this problem was to place the parking lots and the stairwells in the shaded areas. Furthermore, separating the dwellings from the stairwells it was guaranteed a greater number of free elevations, increasing the natural light sources. The decision to separate the stairwells helped increase the level of

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privacy in the flats. Indeed each of these is connected to the stairwells by a private aerial walkway, that ensures more privacy than the more common system in which a single landing enables to reach different flats. These walkways lead to the private courtyards and then they ideally continue inside the flats, emerging as bay-windows on the elevation. Each of these looks onto some of the historical sights of the city. The bay-windows are the only openings on the main elevation, since the entire complex is purposely designed introvert in order to ensure sufficient privacy, absent in the rest of the neighbourhood. To compensate the lack of transverse streets it was eventually decided to divide the complex in two parts, realising a transverse passage that is sheltered by a pedestrian platform. This passage, that connects Via San Giovanni with Via Ozieri, increases the stream of pedestrians in the area, becoming the public space of the complex.


Analysis of sunshine

Analysis of the shadows in the project area

Project area

The project area is located in the historic center of Cagliari, in the borough called Villanova. The block is bounded by Via Ozieri and Via San Giovanni.

STEP 1: Study of the shaded areas when the three blocks of the complex cling to the existing buildings

STEP 2: The creation of courtyards improves both the lighting and the ventilation of the dwellings

STEP 3: The blocks are separated from the pre-existing buldings and some houses where lighting is more critical are elevated

Building in the old town Identification of the project area

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Combination of three different types of housing

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 3

Block 2

Block 1

Third floor

Linear type

Second floor

1 bedroom l ba

be = bedroom ba = bathroom l = living room

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First floor

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be = bedroom ba = bathroom l = living room

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Ground floor

L-shaped type on two level 1 / 3 bedroom ba l

be = bedroom ba = bathroom l = living room

Ground floor Linear type

Block 1

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Block 2 Block 3

Laboratory of design and architectural composition III Academic work_2007 / 2008

Third floor Linear type 60 m2

60 m2

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Ground floor / Firts floor L-shaped type on two level

70 m2

Ground floor L-shaped type on one level

First floor L-shaped type on one level

80 m

75 m2

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Third floor Linear type 70 m2

Third floor Linear type 70 m2

Third floor Linear type 55 m2

First floor L-shaped type on one level 85 m2

First floor / Second floor L-shaped type on two level 80 m2

Second floor L-shaped type on one level 75m2

First floor L-shaped type on one level 85 m2

Fourth floor Linear type 50 m2

Third floor / Fourth floor L-shaped type on two level 100 m2


Elevation along Via Ozieri

Longitudinal section

Block 2, internal elevation

Block 1, internal elevation

Block 3, internal courtyard

Building in the old town Project

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Cross section

Longitudinal section Steel flashing Levelling layer Polystyrene board insulation Weldmesh Shotcrete in place Gutter Edge beam

Resin Draining concrete Waterproofing membrane Polystyrene board insulation Screed forming slope Pre-cast slab Plasterwork

Wall of (80x110x250 MM) perforated bricks Airspace Wall of (50x120x250 MM) solid bricks Floating floor

Garret Sheet steel reinforcement for self/supporting

Polystyrene plate

Polystyrene plate + cross and longitudinal rods

Union of the elements

Protective geotextile felt Waterproofing membrane Geotextile separation layer

Polystyrene plate + cross and longitudinal rods + connecting rods

Concrete casting (42 MM)

Earth Gravel Protective geotexile felt Drainage Polystyrene board insulation Vapour barrier

Connecting rods Sheet steel reinforcement for self-supporting

Polystyrene plate Longitudinal bars Cross bars Concrete casting

Igloo Waterproofing membrane Polystyrene board insulation Reinforced concrete fondation

Prefabricate panel

Corner panel

Weldmesh (2,5 MM rods) + Polystyrene board (40 MM)

Angular weldmesh (2,5 MM rods)

Combination of both elements

Weldmesh + Polystyrene board

Concrete layer

Concrete layer

Corner pillar

Concrete levelling layer Resin floor

Coupling corner panel - pillar

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Panel + Pillar with metal anchorage

Union of several panels

Shotcrete


Longitudinal section Window frame Glass Steel flashing Earth Protective felt Drainage Waterproofing membrane Geotextile separation layer

Pin connector Lightweight concrete Reinforced concrete Corrugated sheet IPE 300 Weldmesh Polystyrene board insulation Shotcrete

Bolt (Ă˜ 55MM) Angular Polystyrene board insulation False ceiling Light

Anchorage plate Hand rail Anchorage element

Double glazing Grid Angular Well

Concrete casting

Longitudinal section

Girder section

Girder - pillar system

Longitudinal section

Building in the old town Construction details

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International workshop ARCILAB 09_ Landscape therapy

Project published in the magazine: Future Arquitecturas 23/24 14-26/09/2009 Project designed with Laura Bossalini, Maria Carla Scuderi, Silvia Mattana, Yan Graco Dantes, Giulia Balestra, Marcela Andrea Merino, Maurizio Castangia, Paula Olans Florens Gòmez

Landscape therapy

Pau

Zeppara Ales

HIC ET NUNC. Reversal of perspective in the urban project Morgongiori, Ales, Zeppara and Pau are four realities - four “micro-centres” inside the Sardinian territory which permit those locals or foreigners to experience the landscape (landscape therapy). The recognition of the value and beauty of these “crossing” territories, allows to reconstruct a new sense of boundary. These four micro-centres show many similarities in their diversity. The centres become the engines of the network: Ales, for example, can find a new residential and “unusual” cohabitation between the children and the elderly, bacause one can teach the other the memories of the landscape experience through games. The follies are containers of activities (programs) and also elements that rediscover the value of the game bacause they themselves are objects that play in the nature of urban artifice.

Gian Battista Cocco

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Morgongiori The paths between the four centres


Ales

Architectures for the edges of Ales Zeppara - Pau - Morgongiori The limit of Ales is morphologically characterised by the main road that connects the SS131 with most of the villages of Marmilla and divides the area into two distinct parts. The project rehabilitates the entire area of the borders into a new residential structure and support housing already present. The path between Ales and Zeppara is enhanced by ineractions between man and landscape as a game. The man, the senior resident and/or child, understands and discovers the landscape experience with fun. The radical new approach to the building of the new Toy Museum helps to define a renewed image of the north-east of Zeppara. The design strategy for Pau is enhance the Museum of obsidian, identifying one of the most important engines of development in Upper Marmilla network. Silvia Mocci

Pau

Re-design of the border starting from the landscape

Morgongiori Analysis of the Morgongiori’s border

Landscape therapy Project

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Living_plus


Professional work

2011


Europan 11

the urban-rural boundary

A perimeter sports-pedestrian pathway, a boundary path along the countriside and a borerline for the city expansion.

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Project site: San BartolomĂŠ, Spain

education facilities

Living_plus

Infant and primary school plus common and sports facilities.

orchard

2011

primary school playground

Project designed with

lunchroom

Studio tecnico professionale Via Oristano 4, Cagliari Eng. Romina Marvaldi Eng. Elisabetta Pani Eng. Antonio Concu

administration and common services infant school

open spaces - green areas

co-workers Valeria Piras Ing. Bruno Ferreira

A new green area allows pedestrian accessibility within the project site and accomodates sport paths and leisure spaces. The linear park crosses the site north-south connecting it to the urban fabric.

the new eco-boulevard

the low-speed sport pathway the green leisure area the sport and facilities area

social-health facilities

Social and healthcare services for the area. Underground parking and pedestrian connection through the green area.

residential

Private residential area. The proposed courtyard typology ensures low density and continuity with the existing urban fabric.

socio cultural facilities

Open spaces for activities and events interconnected with the green areas.

social housing

P-8 allotment. Courtyard houses with commercial area at ground level connected to the public space. Patios intended as extension of the housing surface.

commercial

The new business and commercial area accomodates shops and services.

social housing

P-10 allotment. In both areas the proposal for social housing introduces low density patio houses with private kitchen gardens as reinterpretation of the traditional houses. The first level accomodates common spaces for the inhabitants.

open spaces - green zones - sports and facilities

D allotment. Connection of the new urban expansion to the city centre through green open spaces. The green path crossing the project site works as a structure for the improvement of social relatioships. The design of pedestrian paths, green areas, sport facilities and public spaces recalls the image of the agricultural fields surrounding the city of San BartolomĂŠ. The water tank is preserved and integrated in the design of the ground.

paths and green species ecological granules

artemisia stelleriana deckstone

launaea arborescens stabilized ground

arboreal species

lava stone

levocell

citrus aurantium, citrus limonum, persea americana, phoenix canariensis, mangifera indica, arbutus unedo, delonix regia, cactus

escheveria

wooden seats

local grassland

shaped to recall the traditional grape cultivation

lavandula angustifolia

trees and vegetation bike, sport paths, segway

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sustainable loop endemic species

new ways of mobility

infant school, primary school, public spaces

social education

horizontal rainwater catchers, recovered rainwaters, photovoltaic energy, microeolic system

renewable energy


Settlement Strategy Opposite to the sprawl of the recent expansion of the suburban areas, the new development strategy restores the traditional courtyard type as a sustainable, low density, compact model. The public housing and services are included into the new linear park, which work as a connection structure for the north expansion and completes the urban system of public spaces. The transversal comunication is realized through neighborhood public spaces connected to the linear park by cycle and pedestrian tracks.

calle el quintero primary school

infant school

new mobility social - health facilities

Hybrid Landscape Territorial scale analysis showing the three interrelated systems: the urban fabric, the agricultural pattern and the natural one. The growth of the city of San BartolomĂŠ towards the sorrounding cultivated land generates a hybrid landscape in which the expansion of the suburban areas dissolves into the countryside. A new pattern structuring the built and green areas of the project site is designed according to the lines of the surrounding fields, estabilishing a communication between the city and its territory.

socio cultural facilities

commercial

Services and Facilities The urban densification strategy and the interconnection (ecological and low-speed) of public spaces results in an implementation of the exchanges within the area and between the project site and the city. The inclusion of public spaces and neighborhood services increases the inner connection, while the urban-scale services generate a new centrality in an otherwise peripherical area.

Boundaries The proposal takes into account the suggestions of the development plan regarding the definition of a green boundary. This ideal border is intended not only as a limit for the urban expansion, but also as an ecological sport and pedestrian pathway, connecting the northern and southern suburban areas to the surrounding landscape. Another connection from north to south, crossing the city center, is designed, while two low-speed cycle and sport tracks complete the new sustainable mobility system, ensuring transversal connection in each expansion area.

new mobility open spaces green areas sports and facilities

calle sena balbina urban boundary

Section AA’


semi-public housing area configuration: all areas

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AI

semi-public housing area configuration: kitchen - dining - living - patio

all areas

dining+living+patio

living+patio

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semi-public area

private area

living_plus work spaces, commercial, laboratories

The proposed housing model as connection between public and private functions.

living_plus

Work spaces, commercial, laboratories. Connection between public and residential function

Semi-public housing area expanding to the patio

living_plus

Private housing area expanding to the patio

Section A-AI

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The patio as extension of the housing surface

living_plus

Semi-public housing area expanding to the patio

living_plus

Semi-public housing area expanding to the patio

Social housing


Types of dwelling

B

Ground floor 45 m2

Ground floor 56 m2

Ground floor 65 m2

Ground floor 70 m2

Ground floor duplex 85 m2

Firts floor duplex 125 m2 Firts floor duplex 85 m2

BI

First floor

Ground floor duplex 125 m2

living_plus

Open spaces, green zones, sports and facilities

Firts floor 45 m2

Firts floor 70 m2

Section B-BI

living_plus

Common semi-public spaces for the inhabitants

living_plus

Common semi-public spaces for the inhabitants


Living_plus


Personal work 2011


LifeEdited

(39 m2 apartment in150 Sullivan Street, New York NY 10012)

Living in a large space

2011 Project designed with Valeria Piras

Box room

Bathroom

Living room

Demands of competition: - a sit-down dinner for 12 - a comfortable lounging option for 8 people - space for 2 guests with some visual and ideally auditory privacy - a home office - a work area with space for a rolling tool chest - a hideable kitchen

Study

Living room and study

Box room

Bathroom

Guest room

Bedroom

Bedroom

STEP 1: Living room

1- Movable element for the bike 2- Movable wall 3- Fabric partition

Kitchen

Box room

Bathroom

Dining room

STEP 2: Guest room Dining room and kitchen

1- Movable wall 2- Hide able kitchen 3- Stackable table for 12 people

The main idea of the project is to make a tiny flat look as big as possible, within the limits allowed by 39 square meters. For this reason, the living room is designed to be very large, hence the slogan LIVING in a LARGE SPACE (in which it is used the double entendre of the word “living� in order to express not only the verb to live but also the main room of a flat). The bathroom is the only fixed part of the apartment, it contains a small sauna, as well as the toilet and the shower.

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STEP 3: Guest room


Movable wall Runner

Digital frame

CD caddy

A movable wall separates the living room from the study or the bedroom. This wall is planned to be multifunctional: a mac 31 In is hung to a rotating panel; another panel rotates to become a desk; a one side of the wall contains a shelf for more than 100 dvd; in another shelf on the back side you can put books; an opening compartment houses a lot of cd rom. This movable wall can flow, thanks to a runner, up to overlap completely to the bath. In this way the living room becomes more spacious and, when the table is open, you can easily watch the tv on the Mac 31 In, which is now located in front of it.

Living in a large space Project

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3 1- Oven; 2- Espresso machine, Juicer; 3- Table; 4- Pots; 5- Dishwasher; 6- Fridge

The hideable kitchen is designed to be as compact as possible in order to keep out a large portion of the wall above it. On this wall you can project the images using the projector placed on the wall in front of it. When the kitchen is closed, it seems to be a simple furniture of the room. When it is open it shows that contains all the elements required by the competition. In one partition of the kitchen there is the space for two table, easily openable, that can comfortably accommodate 12 people.

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Once closed, the sliding wall defines the space of the study / bedroom. Within the study it is perceived as a wall system, which contains most of the equipment inside the room.

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Car Design without limits

International contest organised by the Faculty of Architecture of Trieste (Italy) 2009

The competition asked to consider and propose design solutions for the car of the future, paying particular attention to the exterior design, the size and the habitability.

The main purpose was to design a car with a simple shape, which could be assimilated to the stones naturally smoothed by the water. All the choices respond to this basic principle: the rear view mirrors are integrated in the body shell; the wheels are not visible but hidden by the frame. Instead of the two classical doors it has been chosen to realize a single large door without interruption, so getting into the car is more comfortable. Because of its size, it is possible to open the door just electrically. The elimination of the handle, completely useless, reinforces the idea of simplicity, which underlies the design of the vehicle. When the door is opening it describes a quarter of a circle, whose center coincides with the center of the front wheel: this choice suggests the presence of the wheel, even though it remains invisible. The low-slung frame and the glass hood are designed to widen the view of the external environment. The bonnet has been shortened in order to save as much space as possible in the passenger compartment. The engine is located in the rear hood.

Size Length: 4,26 m Width (max/min): 2,10/1,80 m Height: 1,35 m Distance between the wheels: 3,15 m Radius of the wheels: 0,35 m

The size of the car make parking easy. Its proportions are typical of a compact car.

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Front view

Top view

Study of the shape The car is mainly made up of three components: the hood, the two doors and the frame; all the other elements have been deleted, if not essential, or integrated in one of the main components

Car Design / without limits Project

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