The project seeks to emerge from the neighboring urban fabric, which is non-homogeneous and significantly varied. Its objective is to introduce a public space or square of easily usable quality within this diverse context.

Program: International Competition for the new canteen building of the secondary school in Brunico
Location: Brunico (BZ), Italy
Client: Provincia autonoma di Bolzano
Assignment: ATENASTUDIO, Rossana Atena, Marco Sardella Schedule: 2014-2018
Status: Competition
Lot Area: 2380 sqm
Built Area: 1680 sqm
Consultants: Arianna Marino, Elvis Andon, Francesco Cardone, Faycal Karray, Federica Mancusi, Marica Martino

The project area presents itself as an empty quadrilateral bordered on one side by a level car park, on two sides by a pedestrian street and finally by the boarding school structure. Urban alignments are the first key point in the volumetric generation of the building. The shape of the building arises from the parallelism with the pedestrian street in front of the area and with the boarding school building, giving rise to an orderly and easily recognizable shape within a complex urban complex. The design of the entire lot made it possible to make the road axes more recognizable, improving the vehicular and pedestrian usability of the entire area in view of future urban developments (the new ice stadium). The volume adjacent to the boarding school building is raised, producing a relationship of tension with the latter and expanding the urban space between the two volumes.

The building called Mikado near the area gives the area a functional vocation for refreshment, meeting, and socializing, an intended use supported and emphasized by the new building. The volumetric morphology imposes itself spatially in the area as if to stand out as a new identity reference point, visually emerging even from distant perspectives, but at the same time leaving the urban space and the usability of the square unchanged. The mass of the structure is elevated from the ground, giving the space below the urban quality of a new square and maintaining a social, meeting, and recreational attitude. This space extends onto the green roof of the building thanks to a ramp, made up of the building itself, which allows you to climb up to the top level of the structure; the generated path is configured as a “promenade” interspersed with squares and terraces that offer views and overlooks of the surrounding area allowing the visitor to cross, by climbing, the different “social spaces”.

The distribution of the internal rooms follows a clear distinction between the two levels: the ground floor is totally dedicated to the kitchen, storage and service spaces, while the first level is reserved entirely for the dining room; the vertical connection for visitors, separate from that of staff, is inserted where the volume begins to rise, leaving the open square underneath. The promenade that begins from the public space below also becomes an entrance to the second level: the canteen then extends outwards onto the roof garden of the building in a more intimate “square above the square” where you can have lunch away from external passing flows.


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