An opportunity to reuse and redevelop two buildings
A SINGLE URBAN REALM INTEGRATED WITH ITS SURROUNDING AND WITH LESS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Location: Udine (IT)
Size: 12.000 sqm
Program: Education, Mixed Use, Office, Residential, Retail
Status: In Design
Project :Team a-fact, Cecilia Patrizi, Francesco Visco
The Udine Design District urban regeneration project aims at transforming two existing abandoned buildings into a mixed-use development focused on design and local know-how and traditions that contributes to the reactivation of the surrounding neighborhood. The two buildings, respectively 8000 and 4500 m2, host a design university and school, retail spaces, design and art gallery for temporary events, professional co-working spaces, student accommodation and food & beverage.
To reactivate urban life, the project reinterprets the existing space between the buildings – currently used as a parking – into a vibrant piazza where the edge between private and public spaces blurs and a large organic canopy transforms it into an organic platform for social and professional interaction (both formal and informal), welcoming not only its visitors and inhabitants, but also the whole city of Udine. The canopy serves the function of regulating outdoor thermal comfort, extending by 25% the months where outdoor spaces can be actively used, mitigating heat island effect and offering protection from violent meteorological events.
At the building scale, both buildings are fully stripped out, preserving exclusively the existing structure. The larger building opens towards the city with a two-floors lobby that hosts the majority of the public programme (retail spaces, design and art gallery for temporary events and food & beverage) creating a common ground that connects indoor and outdoor spaces and allows for smooth, comfortable transitions. The upper floors are symmetrically splitted and host the co-working spaces and the student accommodation.
The new modular facade, design according to DfMA principles, gives the building a contemporary and iconic presence and is characterized by tridimensional vertical elements which depts is parametrically adjusted according to orientation, shading the building specially on the west facade and allowing as much diffuse daylight as possible from the north.
The smaller building is conceived as a “design object” and contains the core-function of the district: the design university and school with classrooms, labs and informal meeting spaces. The facade recalls the modular subdivision of the existing building but reinterprets its architectural language with a reflective cladding that plays with the sunlight, changing color throughout the day.
The Udine Design District shows the full-potential of urban regeneration, where architecture and urban design contaminate each other to create a new platform for thriving urban life. A new centrality for the city of Udine and a fist step towards its future.