The inclusion of the new IPES building in the urban fabric of Bolzano, and in the neighborhood in particular, was seen as an opportunity to redevelop and give character to the surrounding public spaces. The new building joins the existing topography in an elegant and innovative way, developed along Via Milano creates a modern urban space at the entrance to the new building.

Program: Restricted competition: New headquarters of the
Institute for Social housing of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano
Location: Bolzano
Client: Istituto prer l’edilizia Sociale della provincia
autonoma di Bolzano
Assignment:ATENASTUDIO, CF Møller, Areatecnica, Alessandro Sacchet
Schedule: July 2014
Status: Competition – short Listed II phase
Lot area: 2.000 sqm
Built Area: 9.133 sqm
Awards: Finalist


The new building is open and transparent; it is developed around an internal atrium visible from the outside and creates a sort of collective identity for all those who will work there or who will go there.

It is a full-height atrium that facilitates vertical and horizontal communication between the different departments. It becomes the center of the dynamics that are established between the various plans and facilitates the orientation and understanding of the spaces. The building itself favors flexibility since the services, including the meeting rooms, are grouped together with the stairs, leaving long flexible and interchangeable spaces suitable for use as work environments.

The paths are all turned towards the atrium, thus guaranteeing all offices an opening to the outside.

On the ground floor the proposed functions, such as the foyer, the auditorium complex, the children’s area, the services with doors, the multi-purpose space and the bar, allow an opening and transparency with the city, making the IPES a reference element in the urban fabric.

The composition of the volumes and roofs allows the building to fit elegantly into the urban fabric and, by playing with the different slopes of the roofs, proposes innovative architectural themes.
The composition of the facades develops rhythmically following the orientation of the building through the repetition of a standard frame of the window that allows larger openings on the north front.

The atrium, which is climatically protected within the body of the building, creates an interesting vertical space on each floor small meeting and conversation points all affected by zenithal light.



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