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SEMPER KALEIDOSCOPE

year
2011
place
LATINA
program
REHABILITATION EX MAGAZZINI PORFIRI
surface
2.350 sm
client
Sport'85
architects
stARTT
It is the rehabilitation of ex magazzini Porfiri in the city center of Latina. The area is sited within the perimeter of the new town from early XX century; where the urban tracks and the architectonic elements from the city foundation co-exist with inconsistent part of the center. The building is designed in continuity with the context, thinking to the foundation unit as a whole and to the project as a part of it. The volume is inscribed within the facade lines coming from the historical tracks; the solution for the elevations proposes a unic perforated curtain-wall, referring to the Semper reflections; it envelops the buildings, performing the texture from the local constructive tradition. This skin modulates the light, it hides the inconsistent part of the city, opening the view on selected urban spaces. Like a sort of kaleidoscope the project chooses the urban plots, it wants to relate to, proposing its own selective plot about the city: the complex of the main metaphysic square from thirties, the public library, the San Marco Church and the city hall. The interiors are signed by big canons à lumière, coming down from the roof till different levels, allowing the sun lighting and creating glass suspended courtyard. The exposition is organized through a sequence of plane, that is visible from the entrance to the roof-garden.