IF YOU BUILT IT

A BRUTALIST PROPOSAL IN THE CITY

[…]“It was a political aesthetic, an attitude, a weapon, dedicated to the precept that nothing was too good for ordinary people. Now, after decades of neglect, it’s divided between ‘eyesores’ and ‘icons’; fine for the Barbican’s stockbrokers but unacceptable for the ordinary people who were always its intended clients.”[…]

“If you built it” is a project focused on the renovation of the main facades of a historical building in the heart of the city. The generative process also involved the interior because our clients wanted to get independent every floor, and they asked for an exterior open staircase for the vertical distribution. We started with a meticulous analysis of the existing and its contest. Surrounded by the trees and overlooking a classical Italian boulevard, this building didn’t have a particular quality, and it was incredibly devoid of a common entrance, and interior atrium. Besides, there wasn’t so much space in the private garden to build an open stairway. We decided to take these weaknesses and switch them as future highlights of the project. We drew a new frontal entrance using the space below the first floor, linking it to the new staircase through an inside-outside atrium. We projected the stair structure as a cage embedded and in continuity with the main facade where we obtained private terraces and small extension of the interiors that we closed with large glass surfaces. The outcome is a contemporary and brutalist geometry sculpted with a clear Croatian marble.

DATE: 2020

LOCATION: ANCONA, IT

CLIENT: PRIVATE

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