AEROPORTO S.p.A. B361 Genoa, Italy

A.M.T. S.p.A. B228 Genoa, Italy

Al Mintirib Desert Resort C177 Ghabbi, Oman

AM DEVELOPMENT ITALY S.r.l. – Milan, Italy

AMICO & CO S.r.l. – Genoa, Italy

ANSALDO S.p.A. – Genoa, Italy

APA Costruzioni Generali S.r.l. – Milan, Italy

A.P.V. RATTO S.r.l. – Genoa, Italy

AREAEST S.r.l. – Padua, Italy

ARVALLI & ASSOCIATI S.r.l. – Padua, Italy



BANCA CARIGE S.p.A. – Genoa, Italy

BASE HOLDING S.p.A. – Genoa, Italy

BORCHI COSTRUZIONI S.r.l. – Genoa, Italy

BUT Scrl Port Terminal A56 Savona, Italy

BYTE COMUNICATION S.r.l. – Genoa, Italy


CANTIERI MARIOTTI S.p.A. A383 Genoa, Italy


C.E.I. S.p.A. – Genoa, Italy

C.E.L. S.r.l. – Genoa, Italy

CDS Holding B422 Lviv, Ukraine

CEMEDILE S.r.l. – Genoa, Italy


CO.RI. S.r.l. C392 Genoa, Italy


COMPRABENE S.p.A. – Dalmine (Bergamo), Italy






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COOPSETTE S.c.r.l. B228 Reggio Emilia, Italy

COOPERATION INT. B51B52 Principality of Monaco

D'APPOLONIA S.p.A. B40 Genoa, Italy


DI MARCO SERVICE S.r.l. – Genoa, Italy

DRUGOLO ESTATE S.r.l. C418 Lonato (Brescia), Italy

EDIL TEC S.r.l. – Modena, Italy

ELECTA BRUNO MONDADORI S.r.l. libri Milan, Italy


EMMAR L.L.C. – Dubai U.A.E.

ENEL S.p.A. – Turin, Italy

ENRICO POLIPODIO S.r.l. – Genoa, Italy

EREDI CAZZAGO S.r.l. C429 Botticino (BS), Italy



FELTRINELLI S.p.A. A360Genoa, Italy

FIAT ENGENEERING S.p.A. C264 Turin, Italy


FIUMARA NUOVA S.p.A. A218C218 Genoa, Italy

FRATELLI CARLI S.p.A. A437 Imperia, Italy

FRAYLAND L.L.C. – Dubai U.A.E.

GADOLLA S.p.A. C438 Genoa, Italy


GENERAL PRODUCTION S.r.l. B227 Genoa, Italy

GETOIL S.r.l. – Milan, Italy

GIANOSA S.r.l. – Carpi (Modena), Italy

GPP Genova Pasta e Pesto S.p.A. – Genoa, Italy


GRUPPO COIN S.p.A. – Venice, Italy

GRUPPO LOMBARDINI S.p.A. A278A305 Dalmine (Bergamo), Italy

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HAWAR GROUP C12 Lusail, Qatar


IKEA ITALIA S.p.A. A176 Milan, Italy

IKEA Service AB – Helsingborg, Sweden


IMMOBILIARE MARE S.r.l. – Genoa, Italy

IMPRESA MANCINI S.r.l. – Rome, Italy


ISG International School in Genoa C382 Italy

J & A CONSULTANTS ITALIA S.n.c. – Milan, Italy

KHANSAHEB CIVIL Engineering L.L.C. B154 Dubai U.A.E.

LOMBARDINI Holding – Dalmine (Bergamo), Italy

Majan Development CO C24 Al Mawaleh, Oman

MARINA PARK S.r.l. B308 Genoa, Italy

MARINA PORTO ANTICO S.p.A. B424C461 Genoa, Italy

MA.RI.NA. SERVICE S.p.A. B241 Genoa, Italy


METRO ITALIA S.p.A. – San Donato Milanese (Milan), Italy

Ministry of Sport Affairs B41 Muscat, Oman

Ministry of Transports & Communications C14C16 Muscat, Oman

MOSTO S.A. – Luxembourg

MULTI DEVELOPMENT C S.r.l. – Milan, Italy

NAC Costruzioni S.r.l. – Milan, Italy

National Engineering Office A38 Seeb, Muscat - Oman


PALAZZO ARZAGA S.r.l. C440 Arzaga (BS), Italy

PORTO DI IMPERIA S.p.A. B269 Imperia, Italy

PORTO NUOVO S.r.l. – Genoa, Italy

PROMIND LIGURIA S.p.A. – Varazze (Savona), Italy

PROSPERITY B29 Gelendzhik, Russia




RUBATTINO S.r.l. – Genoa, Italy

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SANTAFRANCESCA S.r.l. – Caserta, Italy

SANTAMARIA A. S.p.A. – Genoa, Italy




SOFINPAR S.p.A. – Genoa, Italy

SO.GE.GROSS. S.p.A. A245 Genoa, Italy


SVILUPPO GENOVA S.p.A. – Genoa, Italy

TANKOA YACHTS S.p.A. A185 Genova, Italia

TECHNITAL S.p.A. – Milan, Italy

TEKNOENGINEERING S.a.s. – Padua, Italy

TELECOM ITALIA S.p.A. – Genoa, Italy

TRADING CONSULT S.r.l. – Genoa, Italy

T&T EUROPE S.p.A. A69 Turin, Italy

TUNNEL DI GENOVA S.p.A. B40 Genoa, Italy

TUNNEL ENG. CONSULTANTS v.o.f. – Veenendaal, NL

TUTTOGIGLIO S.p.A. A339 Reggio Emilia, Italy

TYROL IMMOBILIERE – Montecarlo, Principality of Monaco





VERNAZZA AUTOGRU S.r.l. A224 Genoa, Italy

VIAREGGIO SUPERYACHTS S.r.l. – Viareggio, Italy

VILLA PALLOA S.r.l. C257 Genoa, Italy

VILLAGGIO ITALIA B316 Ekaterinburg, Russia


WINCOR NIXDORF S.r.l. – Milan, Italy

W.T.C. - WORLD TRADE CENTER – Genoa, Italy

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Lily's Petals

clientTuttogiglio S.p.A.
locationReggio Emilia, Italia
size22.000 m²
statusPreliminary & final design. Built
year2003 – 2004

Redevelopment project commissioned by local authorities to add leisure facilities to the «Giglio»(Lily) Stadium in the northern part of Reggio Emilia and revitalise the neighbourhood. The stadium has four separate stands of reinforced concrete. The new complex called Lily's Petals surrounds the stadium on three sides: North, South and East.

The centrepiece of the project is the entrance hall to the East. This is a full-height space leading to all functions of the complex: the cinema, the shopping arcade and the food court. The shopping arcade runs along the three sides and «petals» depart from it. The «petals» house a hotel, civic offices, a gym and a library.

The key design features of the shopping arcade are its rolling pattern, the small inner squares that interrupt the sequence of shops, and the natural light streams.

Feltrinelli & Ricordi Mediastore

clientFeltrinelli S.p.A.
locationGenoa, Italy
size1.700 m²
statusPreliminary & final design,
executive drawings. Built
year2006 - 2009

Conversion of a cinema and disco into a superstore selling books, music, movies and gifts, with attached car park. The project entailed clearing the internal walls and partitions of the cinema and filling the open space with half-level staggered floors connected by runs of stairs that serve also as merchandise displays.

The large window at the front attracts customers and draws them right to the heart of the store. A vertical design element - an egg-shaped hole that breaks through all levels and visually links them - prompts customers to look up and enjoy a great view up to the roof. The internal space is fluid, dynamic, with excellent perspectives, filled with light and air. Dramatic stairs and a glass lift take customers to each level up to the top.

The Feltrinelli and Ricordi Mediastore is much more than a store, it is a modern all-round leisure space. Customers can stop at its two caf&ecaute;s for a drink or a snack, watch a video or attend product launch events in one of its lounges, admire the artworks on exhibition or lose themselves in the thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and the numerous other items on display for sale.

Crane Depot

clientVernazza Autogru S.r.l.
locationGenoa, Italy
size6.000 m²
statusPreliminary & final design,
executive drawings. Built

Vernazza S.r.l., a local crane hirer, was in need of additional depot and office space. The project was part of the regeneration of the former industrial area at Campi in the western part of Genoa. The project entailed the construction of a complex partly attached to the existing building, on a corner site.

The complex is organised into three parts that architectural traits make unequivocally distinguishable from the outside, namely the two-storey crane depot with relevant facilities, the five-storey office building and the spiral ramp leading to the car park on the roof of the crane depot.

The façade metal cladding is painted in the company brand colours, yellow and grey.

Molo Giano Dry Docks

clientGenoa Port Authority
locationGenoa, Italy
size14.300 m²
statusPreliminary & final design
year2004 - 2009

The project entailed the design of an enclosure for the drydocking facilities at Molo Giano in the Port of Genoa. The enclosure gives independence from weather conditions and facilitates work especially drying after painting. It also provides protection from noise and a more pleasant environment with benefits also for the nearby residential area.

Since no bridge crane is needed we designed the enclosure in the shape of an overturned keel of a boat. This design optimises structural performance and at the same time minimises visual impact. The structure can accommodate vessels with height up to 39m. Access is from the main door at Molo Giano (south-east) or through the doors on both sides.

Cover-uncover Shipbuilding Yard

clientCantieri Mariotti S.p.A.
locationGenoa, Italy
size3.000 m²
statusPreliminary & final design. Built

The project was developed on a green site situated between the Duca degli Abruzzi Marina and the Cagni Pier in the Port of Genoa. We designed a retractable enclosure made up of four telescopic segments that slide along the structural frame. The four segments operate independently and the enclosure can retract half way as two of the segments slide over the other two. The structural frame serves also as support for the equipment.

The enclosure provides an undercover working environment that can accommodate vessels up to 60m in length in two large bays. The new space sheltered by the retractable enclosure is situated at the front of the existing yard and is rotated by 90 degrees with respect to the original yard and to the quay. This enables access of vessels both from the sea and from the land. Access is from the doors located at both ends and on the sides.

Ianua 2000 Distribution Centre & Offices

clientSO.GE.GROSS. S.p.A.
locationGenoa, Italy
size18.000 m²
statusPreliminary & final design,
executive drawings. Built
year2000 – 2003

The project was part of the conversion of the Lo Faro area into a new Foods Production & Distribution district. Group's growth required expansion of capabilities and at the same time rationalisation of distribution facilities.

The project includes administrative offices (roadside), and the distribution centre with refrigeration, goods handling yards and loading bays on the opposite side. These two different functions are mirrored by the architectural solution, namely the glazing of the office space and the aluminium sandwich panel cladding of the distribution centre.

LS Market Distribution Centre

clientGruppo Lombardini S.p.A.
locationBergamo, Italy
size36.000 m²
statusPreliminary design

Our three-pronged goal was to give architectural character to a complex which would otherwise have the typical box-like appearance, ensure its good fit into the landscape and promote brand identity, including via architectural structure and design aesthetics.

Building height is limited and visual lightness is achieved using materials that are transparent and reflective, especially aluminium. Surrounding trees serve as screen and provide shade. Integration with the surrounding natural landscape is a principle embedded also into the design of auxiliary services whose volumes are broken down to create dynamic tension.

LD Market Distribution Centre

clientGruppo Lombardini S.p.A.
locationBergamo, Italy
size100.000 m²
statusPreliminary design

The client needed to add loading bays to its distribution centre in Stezzano (Bergamo, Italy). The client required that refurbishment would be limited to the replacement of the external metal cladding (panels). The new loading bays were thus positioned outside of the existing building and consist of steel docks separated by translucent glass fibre screens which recall sails.

The "sails" differentiate the building in terms of form and colour and reinforce the Lombardini brand image as the distribution centre stands out in the distance and is clearly visible from the nearby motorway both in daylight and at night.

"Palazzo del Lavoro" Retail & Leisure Complex

clientTurin Municipality
locationTurin, Italy
size47.600 m²
statusPreliminary design

Transformation of Turin's "Palazzo del Lavoro", a Trade Exhibition Complex designed by Pier Luigi Nervi, into a retail and leisure complex. The design leverages key structural elements already in place, namely the "flower-shaped" reinforced concrete pillars, and uses a "Piet Mondrian scheme" that perfectly fits into the original plan as a compass for space allocation.

Coloured forms rise from the floor and shape volumes in the "Glass Castle" within Palazzo del Lavoro's structural shell. The solidness of concrete and the evanescence of coloured glass create a charming contrast and at the same time a harmonious synergy of thin over-layering skins, light blades and transparent surfaces.

Augustus restyling

clientCompagnia Italiana Augustus S.p.A.
locationGenoa, Italy
statusPreliminary design

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Seeb Mall / The sky garden

clientNational Engineering Office
locationSeeb, Muscat - Sultanate of Oman
size22.000 m²

In Seeb, a sky platform, a large roof featuring a scented garden with sea view. The retail centre below mimics a small-scale souk with stores opening onto narrow streets and forming separate coloured blocks connected by passageways and walkways. Stores, large and small, are built according to market demand on two storeys, and set into a grid of intersecting streets providing shade. On top, offices on one or two storeys. The structure that supports the large roof forms an ensemble that stands out in the distance for its big, mighty pillars which support a flower-shaped beam scheme with large lights. The structure is based on a well-known scheme adopted by the famed Italian engineer Pier Luigi Nervi and is a tribute to him. The intended effect is that of a large green platform suspended in mid-air, a "flying" garden, an oasis in the sky.

The design includes a one-storey underground parking for 200 vehicles that are thus protected from the heat, a "village" with residences/stores as merchants may choose to live above their stores/, scattered restaurants and bars for a total of 20,000sqm of retail space, 6,000sqm of office space and 7,000sqm of sky garden. The plan, the layout of the centre and the garden are inspired by the shapes and colours of Piet Mondrian's compositions. When seen from the sky, the garden fully reveals its "geometric" plan that gives order to spaces but also acts as an aggregator of micro-climate and ecological elements. Vegetation is distributed according to eco-tonal criteria which emphasise the significance and value of the border between two different areas.

The key tenets that govern the green design are: Biodiversity > multi-functionality > self-sustainability > natural self-renewal. Capitalising on its proximity to the sea and the airport, the development of this site enhances the value of the surrounding area, boosts the image of the place and gives it a name and recognition. The sky garden strives to reinterpret the role of the retail centre transforming it from a mere service space into a landmark set into the texture of this development area of Muscat, combining the symbols and significance of Omani tradition with world art.

Entertainment and commercial centre Ogbogu Town

clientUnistockists Nigeria LTD
locationOgbogu - Nigeria
size13.200 m²

The project proposal for the Community Entertainment and Commercial Centre has been developed on the basis of a theoretical lot of 13.200 sqm with a road side of 110m and a depth of 120m, these representing the minimum dimensions that are necessary to allocate the functions required together with their associaed external areas (custorners' parking lot and trucks delivery/supply area); in the hopeful event that a lot of larger dimensions becomes available, we can envisage an extension of the external spaces dedicated to the customers' parking and green areas.

The building is developed on two levels for a total surface of 9.230 sqm on a footprint of 5.000 sqm and has an almost rectangular shape, having a major side of 90 m in length, a depth of 55 m and an overall height of ll.2m. The complex is positioned in the centre of the lot. Two access points are provided, one for the entrance and one for the exit. The traffic inside the complex follows a one-way ring road both for the customer vehicles to and from the parking and the commercial heavy-duty vehicles in and out of the loading-offloadng area Situated at the rear ofthe building. The roadside pedestrian entrance is situated all the way alongside the entrance hall, with protected paths across the parking lot.
The central fulcrum of the building, from which the distributive function emanates, is represented by the double-height semi-elliptical volume of the main hall that houses the main vertical connections (escalators, panoramic lift and two staircases) and to which all the other relaed spaces are directly connected. The various vertical connections between the two floor are completed by a safety stairway (situated centrally at the back of the building) and by two cargo lifts servicing the commercial arcade on the first floor, with direct offloading on the ground floor in the goods service area.

The ground floor houses the following functions: Multi function hall - This is a large room (25 m long, 36 m deep, having a surface of 900 sqm and a free height of 4 m). This hall can be configured in a variety of ways, according to the needs, as a free space, for functions, events, entertainment, dances, etc. It can also be arranged as an auditoriun (with 924 sealing places); with collapsible stands all around for exhibitions, games, sporting activities, etc. This hall is also provided with a reception area, office space and toilets for the public, together with a storage for equipment at the back (195 sqm). Supermarket - The effective sales area provided is 1.305 sqm; a further 435 sqm are dedicated as storage, cubbyhole and changing rooms for personnel. The Business Centre has a total area of 340 sqm; it offers 2 meeting/conference rooms with 48 places each, hall, offices and dedicated toilets. The Internet Café offers a total surface of 200 sqm.
The first floor is dedicated to: Food Court - The overall surface is 525 sqm, inclusive of private toilets. Commercial Arcade - The overall surface is 3.930 sqm, of which 2.048 sqm are for the net sales area, divided in 21 shops or boutiques (of dimensions varying from 38 to 395 sqm), Leader offices and a large Unistockists office.

The structures are realized using metallic carpentry, with steel columns, wide div girders and lofts in patterned metal sheet and integrated cast. The curtain walls will be in steel sandwich sheets with polyurethane, and a further internal coating to optimize the thermal isolation. External door and window frames will be in aluminium and will sport extemal textile pa1els, to serve as ornament and sunlight screen. The hall will be provided with an ample front in aluminium and glass, shielded by a laminar brise-soleil, that stresses the entrance to the complex and the internal double height.
The floors design will make use of various local materials and offer a variety or chromatic themes to differentiate the various distribution paths. The internal partitions will be made of traditional plastered bricks, with exception made for the front sections of the commercial arcade for which a continuous glass surface will be used, alternated with the decorative panels that reflect those used at the outside of the building. The air conditioning plants will be alllocated on the roof, where a consistent array of photovoltaic panels will be installed in order to contribute significantly to the building's energetic budget.

Fiumara Multiplex

clientFiumara Nuova S.p.A.
locationGenoa, Italy
size16.000 m², 14 screens
statusPreliminary & final design,
executive drawings. Built
year1998 – 2002

This project is part of the Regeneration Plan for the area previously occupied by Ansaldo industrial works at Fiumara, in the western part of Genoa. The project comprises the construction of a multi-screen complex and connections to the road network.

To impart dynamism to the complex the auditoria are laid out according to their size in an asymmetrical arrangement softened by the curved profiles of the roofs. The shopping arcade is the focal point of the retail space. The top floor is occupied by projection rooms and equipment.

Entry impact is made at the triple-height glazed entrance hall which sets the tone for the entire complex. The double-height entrance to the cinemas features an elliptical dome that enables the public to view state-of-the-art projection facilities and appreciate the décor and lighting.

Tankoa Yacht Building Yard & Offices

clientTankoa Yachts S.p.A.
locationGenoa, Italy
area6.600 m²
statusPreliminary, final & executive design. Build
year1996 – 2008

Remodelling and expansion of a yacht building yard standing on a plot of land owned by the local port authority in the industrial district of Sestri Ponente, Genoa. The project entails the addition of a new construction to the south-east side of the existing building. The new construction will host offices and changing rooms.

Space in the existing building will be remodelled by adding two new intermediate floor slabs in the last bay to the north to provide additional space to the building shop, carpentry and storage areas. The project also includes the addition of other external constructions to provide further building shop space, as well as the renovation of existing offices.

BUT Renewal

clientBUT Scrl Port Terminal
locationSavona, Italy
statusFeasibility Study

IKEA stores

clientIKEA S.p.A.
locationAncona, Bari, Baronissi, Catania, Turin, Genoa, Naples, Padua, Parma, Pescara, Rome,Salerno, Villesse - Italy
statusPreliminary & final designs,
executive drawings. Built
year1996 – 2010

The first step in the design of IKEA stores is understanding the client brief and creating a coherent retail environment in line with the requirements of the Swedish company. All IKEA stores have precious finishes that communicate its brand identity.

Externally, the building is characterised by blue and yellow aluminium panels that differentiate the various functions, ribbon windows and brise soleil, as well as the IKEA yellow signage reiterated at the different levels. Internally, the space is organised to host administrative offices, the warehouse and the three main retail spaces: the market, the showroom and the self-serve area.

Fratelli Carli headquarters

clientFratelli Carli S.p.A.
locationImperia, Italy
area6.600 m²
statusFeasibility study
year2009 – 2010

The project for the optimisation of the production facilities and headquarters of the Imperia-based olive oil producer Fratelli Carli includes the redesign of road connections, the creation of a service centre, the construction of a new car park and a new warehouse, as well as the functional reallocation of spaces to group together all storage units and labs.

The service centre is the hub of relational activities not only for employees but also the public, serving an area that features a wealth of business activities. The building develops on three levels accommodating the HQ with executive offices, a canteen/restaurant, a day nursery, a relational space and an exhibition on the one-century history of this Ligurian olive oil producer. The basement is occupied by a car park and a repair garage.

The new building featuring a double-height portico overlooks the adjoining road, Via Garessio, which is upgraded making the relationship with the surrounding spaces much more fluid. Energy conservation measures include a solar thermal system, a passive solar system and photovoltaic panels on the roof.

Vashi Mall - Mumbay

clientT&T EUROPE S.p.A.
locationMumbai, India
area28.400 m²
statusPreliminary design

Imperia Marina and Waterfront

clientPorto di Imperia S.p.A.
locationPorto Maurizio, Imperia, Italy
boat berths1.240
statusPreliminary & final design, executive drawings. Under construction
year2003 – 2010

Marina and waterfront development which includes the redesign of the Old Docks and the addition of a new dock named San Lazzaro. The main features of the marina are focused on the central axis with accent on the Sea Hall where seaward facilities and the Plaza blend together under large sails.

The Sea Hall acts as a catalyst for shops, residences and services. The heart of marine activities is the interplay of indoor and outdoor spaces opening onto the marina entrance as a sort of large gate surrounded by three buildings arranged in a C-shaped layout.

Two parallel elongated piers stretch out seaward curving at the end to embrace the protected waters and the plaza. Landscaped pedestrian (and bicycle) ways run on different levels for 5 kilometres. The waterside buildings, that are visible only within the marina, host marina services, administrative and leisure facilities.

"Butterfly" Tennis Stadium

clientCivil Aviation Club
locationDubai, UAE
statusPreliminary & final design. Built

The project for the Tennis Stadium sponsored by the Dubai Civil Aviation originated from the need to upgrade existing facilities to the latest ITF requirements. The stadium spaces - the long stands, the main entrance, the VIP boxes and the Royal box - were redesigned into a butterfly layout which softens corners and adds strong visual character. The stadium has a 5,000 seat capacity, and includes all ITF required facilities and ancillary rooms.

Fiumara Palasport

clientGeneral Production S.r.l.
locationFiumara, Genoa, Italy
area27.000 m² 5.000 people
statusPreliminary & final design,
executive drawings. Built
year1999 – 2003

Reconversion of Ansaldo's former turbine manufacturing works into an arena for sports and other events while retaining and celebrating the industrial heritage. Externally the arena is characterised by the original industrial building's authentic steel shell which is red painted, the emergency exit routes and other safety facilities. The emergency exit stairs are enclosed in a big steel structure that resembles a basketball basket.

Changing rooms, offices, washrooms, storage spaces, dressing rooms for artists and backstage services are located at the two opposite ends of the building, while the central portion includes a multiple sports centre on three levels. The arena has a capacity of 5.100 to 7.400 spectators (big events) and optimal acoustic quality. Soundproofing reduces transmission of sound by 50 dB.

Marina Park Complex

clientMarina Park S.r.l.
locationGenoa, Italy
parking for800 cars
statusPreliminary & final design,
executive drawings. Built
year2003 – 2007

The proximity to the old city of Genoa, the large footprint and good connections with the road network make this strategically located site unique. The complex develops almost entirely below ground with a three-storey underground car park, while the fourth storey above ground is occupied by a depot for the vehicles of AMIU, the local provider of waste management services, and by the changing rooms of the adjoining sports facilities.

The green space above ground is organised into two sections. One with benches, a children's playground and a café. The other is occupied by a five-a-side soccer pitch, four Bocce courts and a small changing room. The 5-a-side soccer grounds include a stand for fans with solar panels on the roof for hot water production.

The project also includes Via della Marina repavement, connections with the road network, pedestrian routes including stairs and a lift, as well as landscaped gardens.

Airport Park Area

clientAeroporto di Genova S.p.A.
locationGenoa, Italy
area75.000 m²
statusPreliminary design

The "road" extends outside the complex with a large pedestrian area up to the height of the Sheraton, where a system of crossings allows entry to the hotel lobby.
On the southern end of the internal road (near the airport station) there will be the arrival station of a monorail connecting the airport with the planned Cornigliano railway station, the connection hub with the future Erzelli funicular.

Redesign of the Ship Repair area

locationGenoa, Italy
area500.000 m²
statusFeasibility study

The future of the area between the Genoa Exhibition Centre and Porto Antico currently occupied by ship repair facilities has been the subject of debate between local policy- makers and entrepreneurs for many years without arriving at a final decision that industry players can count on.

The goals set for the multi-faceted redesign of the area are to: - reduce the space occupied by ship repair facilities to reconnect the seascape with the waterfront and the city; - expand both onshore and offshore facilities for yachts, upgrade the existing drydocks with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, as well as a sixth dock for large vessels; - develop a dual road system - one serving the industry and the other urban needs - to finally put an end to road safety problems and, with four new urban traffic lanes, congestion;

- build the planned pedestrian and bicycle paths connecting the Foce waterfront with Porto Antico, rehabilitate some quays of historical value and the old city walls at Le Grazie and Boccardo; - upgrade moorings to accommodate larger vessels, especially mega-yachts in the light of their increasing presence in the Mediterranean, and satisfy their service and repair needs; - build a new section of breakwaters (2,200 linear metres), remodel port entrance including the separation of cargo and yacht lanes, and increase water depth; - execute the project in a way that allows for the construction of the underwater tunnel at a future date.

Proposal for the redesign of the Ship Repair area

clientRiparazioni Navali Porto di Genova S.p.A.
locationGenoa, Italy
statusFeasibility study

This document intends to formulate some observations and proposals concerning the development needs of the port of Genoa, with reference to the implementation of the current Master Plan and the hypotheses for the overall revision of the waterfront currently being studied by the Port Authority.

These indications stem from the need to improve and enhance port functions, with an approach that takes into account the need to safeguard the operations of the current concessionaires, the conditions of technical and economic feasibility of the interventions in the short to medium term (start-up and/or completion of the works within five years), as well as the declared objectives of improving city-port relations.

It should be pointed out that, in terms of costs, the proposed interventions fall within the scope of the planning assessments already approved or being studied by the Port Authority, with the sole exception of the Multedo-Airport-Cornigliano area, where overcoming the hypothesis of moving the airport to the sea would entail savings that can be estimated at at least 1,500 million euro. As an indication, the total amount of investment for all the works indicated here amounts to 1,125 million euro.

The indications, divided into the areas of Voltri, Multedo-Aeroporto-Cornigliano, Sampierdarena and Riparazioni Navali, contain assessments of the planning objectives, the current state of the art, the critical points that have emerged, the proposed solutions and the consequent effects, including a graphic elaboration.

Through the proposed measures, Assindustria believes that in a time frame in line with the development of international competition, the port of Genoa can significantly improve its competitiveness compared to other Mediterranean ports. In a historical phase, in fact, characterised on the one hand by the tumultuous growth of maritime traffic and on the other by phenomena of strong concentration of logistics services, ports are making substantial investments to intercept this demand. In this respect, significant experiences in the Mediterranean area, such as those of Valencia, Barcelona, Marseilles to some extent, and in Italy, Savona-Vado, Livorno or Civitavecchia, show how urgent it is to take action to achieve the development objectives set out in the PRP as soon as possible (maintaining a multifunctional vocation and increasing operating capacity in the sectors of containerised, conventional, liquid and solid bulk, RoRo and industrial activities).

In spite of this and considering the rapidly approaching date of 2010, taken as the reference date for the strategic planning of the current PRP, it is necessary to work right away to outline a development perspective for the port of Genoa that is truly capable of guaranteeing its central role in the Mediterranean market.

Moreover, especially with reference to containerised traffic, all this risks being insufficient with respect to the sector's growth trends if the works to upgrade the port areas are not located within a system of retro-port logistics platforms to be identified beyond the Apennines and connected to the port through an efficient infrastructure network. Also in this case, the experiences already undertaken abroad, together with the greater constraints deriving from the geomorphologic and urban planning of our territory, show how it is necessary to extend the "boundaries" of the port system to a much broader context than the quayside areas, where all the logistics services for goods can be distributed. From this point of view, the projects now defined on the railway network (Third Pass and Genoa node) as well as those in progress on the road network (motorway junction and port connections) represent the necessary, though not sufficient, condition for the construction of such a system, which in the solutions proposed here could hinge on three substantially autonomous port areas with great potential, such as those of Voltri, Cornigliano and Sampierdarena.

Bigovo Marina

clientMarina Porto Antico Genova S.p.A.
locationBigovo, Montenegro
area95.335 m²
statusPreliminary design

The project builds on the synergy between two main lines: one which follows the shoreline and the other which links the main pier to the hill. Upmarket residential units rise along the natural slope connected by bands of indigenous plants. As a tribute to the local Mediterranean heritage the waterfront is designed as a fort and is dotted with retail and leisure spaces.

Pedestrian circulation along the shoreline includes a main promenade while stairs and cableways connect the waterfront to the hill.

Lviv Trade Centre - Mixed Use Complex

clientCDS Holding
locationLviv, Ukraine
area140.000 m²
statusPreliminary design

The project develops on a triangular-shape footprint bounded by Lviv main road and the regional railway station. On one side of the triangle there is a new pedestrian axis, a shopping arcade covered by a glass roof with the Business Centre and a Railway Museum.

At the two acute angles of the triangle there are two hotels, both characterized by a tower element, distinctive of the local architecture. On the opposite side of the major axis a series of circular pedestrian routes lead to the internal courtyard with the food court, which is a major focal point of the entire complex, a glass-domed plaza where all routes converge.

The project includes underground parking. The Railway Museum is designed close to the rail tracks to have exhibitions both indoors and outdoors. An external colonnade with shops facing the city runs along the perimeter of the complex.

Urban Expansion - Ekaterinburg

clientVillaggio Italia S.p.A.
locationEkaterinburg, Russia
area3.633.000 m²
statusPreliminary design
year2004 – 2005

The future expansion of Ekaterinburg is regulated by a development plan in accordance with the concept of "growth by parts" of the city where suburbs and villages, external to the city, are strictly connected with it. In the project area many different functions assure the complexity of city life: housing, business, industrial and commercial activities, entertainment, culture, education ... Different activities assure a consistent presence of people throughout the whole day: leisure centres and residential settlements make people live the place at night time too, making the place into a safer and more lively quarter.

Two towers give visual strength to the centre of the project, where all functions are organised along a diagonal line drawn throughout the site. Housing estates are placed along the south-eastern edge of the site, close to the green areas of the surrounding woods and visually linked to the lakeside. The north-eastern part of the site, closer to the existing industrial areas, is the operative area for business and productive buildings. The climate and environmental situation has been considered at design stage. Natural materials will be privileged in the choice of building technologies: in order to reduce the energy consumption for heating, "passive systems" will be used such as thermal masses of volumes and ventilated facades, to catch the heat and give passive resistance to cold.

Features of the site are the lake and the preserved woods of the surroundings. The lake can be enjoyed by Villaggio Italia's users with its 600 m of lakeside promenades, cycle and horse tracks, piers for boats. Two buildings hosting Club Houses and services complete the offer for the enjoyment of the lake shore. Circulation of vehicles and pedestrians' areas will be separate. Roads are always edged with trees creating visual axes and interesting perspectives. The whole complex is reachable through pedestrian paths set off with green areas and water features.

Gelendzhik Marina

locationGelendzhik, Russia
boat berths203
statusPreliminary design

The Design wants to clear up the following targets:
• balancing of the insert of the master plan in the very characteristic shape of the bay
• assuming curve shapes for the breakwaters, inspired by nautilus
• planning a visual and acoustic separation between different areas (touristic and commercial)
• defining dimensions and mooring system depending on weather-marine conditions and water depth of Marina
• designing different layouts of way (pedestrian, drive, electrical vehicules, etc)
• bringing in renewable sources of energy to autonomously produce energy and to lower the seaport running costs

• choosing a buildings image in "changeover" between the traditional twentieth-century style and the present function, fast and practical
• finding an easy transit-way between the sea and the dry land
• using in the building facades the coulours of the ground
• planning the touristic port with flexible structures in order to make easy different layout in the future
• designing a simply readable internal flow in the marine and also clear access to the dock functions
• bringing green areas and pedestrian ways on the docks, with a high scenic promenade
• giving all sort of facilities to the boats owners

planning an accesses-stop-internal movements system which could be compatible with the tourist port's silence and calmness need
• providing the Terminal with easily readable ways and services
• choosing high-quality of interior and outdoor finishes, to give Gelendzhik Marina basis to the touristic development in progress
• going into more depth the layout coming from the first studies, in order to offer fluency to the goods movement on the docks
• respecting all custom rules, with the requested control and access system

Diano Marina touristic port

clientDiano Marina Municipality
locationDiano Marina (IM), Italy
statusPreliminary design

- Construction of an extended pier for enhanced marina protection
- Construction of a new upper promenade with bicycle lane, breakout areas and view points with benches and louvered areas
- Refurbishment of pavement across the design area

- Construction of new storage facilities for boat owners, both at berthing and landside, with car parking
- Facilities (restrooms and laundry) for boat owners
- Parking for 125 cars, partly underground
-New deck overlooking the marina with canopied areas, services and stores, accessible both from the beach and from berthing areas
- Seaward sidewalk with access from Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi and the upper square

- Relocation of the playground to the green area between the marina and Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi
- New repair yards with travel lift
- New fuelling station
- Installation of four floating pontoons for greater berthing space flexibility
- Addition of green spaces at the berthing areas, the upper promenade and the new deck
- New Coast Guard building
- Nourishment of the municipal beach

Arrangement of the American School

clientAmerican School
locationGenoa, Italy
statusPreliminary & final design,
executive drawings


COVERED SURFACE (net of porch and perimeter walls): 5,049 square metres
CHIOSTROOM (garden, playground): 607 sqm
EXTERNAL SURFACE (park, fields for sports activities): 30,000 sqm

29 CLASSROOMS : 450 pupils
- 1 classroom "Nursery"
- 6 classroom (2 sections) "Early Childhood" (Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten)
- 10 classroom ( 2 sections) "Elementary School" (1st - 5th grade)
- 6 classroom (2 sections) "Middle School" (6th - 8th grades)
- 5 classroom (2 sections + 1 classroom) "High school" (9th - 12th grades)

3 SPECIAL CLASSROOMS (art, science lab)
STUDENT DORMITORY : (8 rooms): mq. 300
TEACHERS' LODGINGS (9 lodgings): sqm 345
OTHER SPACES : music room on two levels, gymnasium, library, Early Childhood Learning Centre, canteen, offices, teachers' rooms, infirmary and reception.

Subsea Road Tunnel

clientTunnel di Genova S.p.A.
locationGenoa, Italy
statusPreliminary design


The hypothesis of a road tunnel crossing under the basin of Genoa's Old Port has been present for a long time in many planning acts of the Liguria Region, Genoa City Council (General Regulatory Plan) and Genoa Port Authority (Port Regulatory Plan), and it has become part of the interventions considered priority and strategic for the country in the recent "objective law", as an essential element of the node of the Port of Genoa; Port Authority of Genoa (Port Master Plan), and has been included among the interventions considered priority and strategic for the country in the recent "Objective Law", as an essential element of the San Benigno node in the Genoa metropolitan area. Moreover, a Programme Agreement for the reorganisation of the RINAV, Fiera di Genova and Piazzale Kennedy area was signed (May 2003) by the Liguria Region, Genoa City Council, Genoa Port Authority, Fiera di Genova and Genoa Provincial Authority.

The work is to all intents and purposes a strategic intervention not only for the areas adjacent to the port but for the entire motorway node. In particular, the sub-port road tunnel is intended to create a connection between the western and eastern areas of the city of Genoa, in an area that includes the Ferry Terminal, the Maritime Station, the Old Port, the Historic Centre, the Naval Repairs and the Genoa Fairgrounds, that is more efficient and safer than the current one, consisting of the "elevated road" (built in the last few years) and the "elevated road" (built in the last few years); more efficient and safer than the current one, consisting of the "elevated road" (built in the 1960s with limitations to the type of traffic and now insufficient to handle the current flows), and of lesser impact, also in relation to the recent transformations of the Old Town's sea front. The project is completed by the surface access road to the tunnel and the strengthening of the existing road network from the Old Port towards the east, up to the mouth of the Bisagno river (Piazzale Kennedy), which runs alongside the industrial port facilities of the Riparazioni Navali (Naval Repairs) and the exhibition centre of the Fiera di Genova, thus promoting the industrial activities of the Port of Genoa, also by recovering the coastal strips along Calata Boccardo and Calata Grazie; industrial activities of the Riparazioni Navali (Naval Repairs) currently already established and/or that will be transferred from Calata Gadda in accordance with the Port Regulatory Plan, as well as the development of Fiera di Genova's new initiatives.

The work finally connects to the east to the San Benigno junction, which is the subject of an existing project approved at the Services Conference (2001) and subsequent in-depth studies carried out by ANAS and whose construction is planned as part of the Genoa motorway junction, whose purpose it acknowledges and reinforces, namely to strengthen the connection of the central area of Genoa with the A7 Genoa-Milan motorway and the west (Sampierdarena and Foce Polcevera). The preliminary project was drawn up in 2003 and a first revision was submitted in June 2003 to CIPE for approval according to the law on large-scale works. A second revision was prepared in October 2003 in order to incorporate some changes requested by the municipality and the Port Authority. A third revision was finally prepared in February 2005 to incorporate some changes requested by ANAS during an in-depth preliminary investigation. Some tables were finally further revised to include both the modifications made in October 2003 and February 2005.

Sport Academy

clientMinistry of Sport Affairs
locationMuscat, Sultanate of Oman
area26 ha
statusPreliminary design

The Sultan Qaboos Sports Academy project entails expanding the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex westward over about 26 hectares. The area features an about 20 metre high bluff along the north-south axis. The developed area will host numerous, large sports facilities. The key tenets of the project are: 1) conservation of the natural corrugated terrain; 2) arrangement of sports facilities on different levels; 3) contained development to leave space to gardens and green areas for a quintessential sports campus. The bluff makes up the ridge. It supports the about 20m tall linear building oriented to the east that branches out of it following the natural contour of the terrain. This building accommodates all indoor sports facilities and related services with outdoor tennis and beach volley courts on top.

Perpendicularly to it, the structures that give shape to the image of the winged ridge develop along the other axis running across the main sports fields, the football pitch and tennis courts with stands and boxes. Entrance is on 23 July Street, at the entrance to the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. Considering the ample availability of parking at the existing stadium, the development includes parking space yet on a smaller scale.At the Sports Academy, parking for about 1,000 cars is estimated to be sufficient. The car park is mostly indoors at the lowest level of the ridge, and marginally outdoors in an area shaded by trees. Green, the colour of natural and synthetic sports surfaces, is the dominant colour. Contained development permits to have vast gardens providing broad green open spaces with trails and rest areas as well as social life opportunities.

Greenery is proposed also as canopy for the tennis stadium stands, for the athletics track around the football pitch, the jump/pole vault runways and the throwing area. The distinctive architectural trait is the front of the ridge: the large window which provides continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces and features pierced screens with elaborate geometric designs. The broad avenues, the water features, the flights of steps, the tower lifts, the signage for individual sports facilities serve as architectural decorative elements for the ancillary structures that welcome users and visitors.The sports facilities' cooling system features a centralised cooling station whose specifications will be detailed at later stages in the bid process/at later design stages. Passive energy efficiency solutions, the use of recycled materials and the pierced screens all contribute to energy savings. In terms of active energy efficiency solutions, the project features a closed loop geoexchange system installed on every possible site furnishings (lights, trash receptacles, screens, louvers with photovoltaic cells).

Cascina Landfill Recovery

clientComune di Cascina - Pisa
locationArnaccio - Cascina - Pisa, Italy
area160.000 m²

The tender called by the municipality of Cascina envisages the construction and management of the area 12 district landfill for solid urban waste and special waste. The filling of the landfill is organised in three lots; when one of them is completed, the new multi-sports centre is organised above it.

The first area to be built comprises the service centre (gyms, changing rooms, management rooms, billiard and table tennis room, games room and fast food restaurant), the tent theatre for outdoor performances and the car park. The second area is used as a park and contains a bowling alley, table games room, skate-board centre and a restaurant. Finally, the last area is dedicated to the actual sports fields for tennis, basketball and five-a-side football.

The complex is surrounded by water ditches that are used to create, at one end of the plot, an artificial lake for sports fishing. To prevent seepage into the ground, several layers of waterproofing are placed, protected by a geotextile. A network of pipes captures the leachate, preventing it from being dispersed into the ground, while the gases produced by the waste are collected and reconverted into energy.


clientBureau de Coopération Internationale
statusPreliminary design


clientBureau de Coopération Internationale
statusPreliminary design

Parking System

clientMunicipality of Imperia
locationImperia, Italy
statusPreliminary design

1A - Parking former railway station of Porto Maurizio
Surface area of intervention: 27,500 sqm
Area for public gardens, promenade: 5,500 square metres
Residential area: 5,400 square metres
Underground garage: capacity tot. 1240 vehicles
Roof level 62 vehicles
Floor S1 587 vehicles
Floor S2 591 vehicles.

2 - Parking Impianti Sportivi Lungomare A.Vespucci
Surface area of intervention: 13.640 sqm
Green area: 5.000 sqm
Green area equipped with sports facilities: mq 6.500
6 tennis courts, 1 football field a 6, 1 football field a 5
Underground parking: total capacity 766 vehicles
Implementation in 2 time phases
Floor S1 383 vehicles
Floor S2 383 vehicles.

3 - Parking Viale Matteotti - Palazzo del Comune
Surface area of intervention: 2.650 sqm
Underground parking: total capacity 233 vehicles
Floor PT 56 veicoli
Floor P1 59 vehicles
Floor P2 59 vehicles
Floor P3 59 vehicles.

The Giant's Rest

clientCoopsette / A.M.T. Genoa
locationGenoa, Italy
area70.000 m²
statusPreliminary & final design
year1999 – 2003

The site's small footprint led us to design a three-storey building with maintenance facilities on the ground floor and storage facilities for 365 9-to-18m long buses on the first floor and on the roof. The project fully reflects the client's requirements. To add visual identifying character to the building, which would otherwise be nondescript, and enhance brand identity we used coloured wire mesh façade cladding.

Genova Pegli Marina

clientMA.RI.NA. Service
locationPegli, Genova, Italy
statusPreliminary design


• Creation of pedestrian continuity between Pegli's sea promenade and Prà's equipped green areas
• Internal carriageway independent from the existing one connected to it without the insertion of new traffic lights and contextual rationalisation of Via Zaccaria.
• Recovery of a degraded and underused area by the sea.
• Integration with the other neighbouring public areas obtained by filling in the sea.

• Partial recovery of a reduced sea front with the construction of the Prà-Voltri port area and the establishment of the container terminal.
• Increased green areas and pedestrian enjoyment.
• Increase in the number of berths in the urban area in response to the demand for new spaces for leisure time and nautical sports.
• Identification of a building of greater prestige and architectural impact to serve as a reference centre and attraction pole for the new Marina, integrated with the existing urban fabric (underground car park and commerce)

• Improvement of the environmental impact on the seafront with concealment of the current railway embankment behind the architectural backdrop formed by the low body of the nautical quarries.
• Preservation of the reef below the curve of the Awakening, which is not significantly affected by the new pier enclosing the water mirror of the Marina.
• Organisation of the Marina with floating pontoons that allow for displacements, transformations, reconfigurations even after the construction to meet new, possible needs.

Al Mintirib Desert Resort

clientAl Mintirib Desert Resort
locationGhabbi, Sultanate of Oman
area15.500 m²
statusPreliminary design
year2007 – 2016

Development of a resort in a desert oasis near Al-Mintirib. Discreetly concealed amidst sand dunes and inspired by Omani heritage, the resort offers all the modern comforts and amenities for a dream holiday experience. The main building is designed as an Omani fort surrounded by other constructions that recall a traditional village.

Cutting-edge environmentally-friendly features include the use of natural, local materials and state-of-the-art energy conservation solutions. Energy self-sufficiency is achieved using vertical wind turbines, solar water heaters, photovoltaic panels and biomass boilers (organic waste). Water tanks and a filtering plant for drinking water are located near the existing wells (all powered by a vertical wind turbine).

Ansaldo Tower

clientFiumara Nuova S.r.l.
locationFiumara, Genoa, Italy
area17.000 m²
statusPreliminary & final design. Built

The 16-storey, 72m tall tower provides a surface of about 17,000 sq. m and is modelled on the concept of the two-faced god Janus, i.e. one side of the building is round and green glazed while the other side is clad with white-green marble panels.

The 16-storey, 72m tall tower provides a surface of about 17,000 sq. m and is modelled on the concept of the two-faced god Janus, i.e. one side of the building is round and green glazed while the other side is clad with white-green marble panels.

The tower is built in accordance with the classic principle of a central concrete core, which contains the stairs and lift shafts, and a steel frame. Internal space distribution reflects the client requirements for flexibility. The basement is occupied by communal functions which develop on two levels.

DGR Headquarters

locationDarsait, Muscat - Oman
area12.730 m²
statusTender (with Renardet S.A. & Partners)

The concept puts forward a building which evolves in vertical height, in order to create an architectural image suitable to the significance of Directorate General of Roads & Land Transport, visible from Bayt Al Falaj St and also from Ruwi St. The architectural proposal is a contemporary building which also takes inspiration from tradition. The design is divided in different steps, skipping out the stop of offices activity and parking.

The development is organized in two different proposal (A and B) each one further divided in two temporal phases (1 and 2), to give more possibilities to obtain the main final building. (6,000 sqm + 6,000 sqm) In fact the A proposal meets requirements of Tender: 3 levels in the Phase 1 and further 3 levels in Phase 2; on the other hand the B Proposal plans 2 indipendent phases with two distinct buildings. The covered park is conceived as a bright area thank to open-pit spaces.

The building shape is designed around a court yard which is guarded against direct sun and wind, and placed in a large park (14,000 sqm of green areas on a total allotment of about 16,000 sqm) embelished by a beautifull hanging garden. All the offices have natural ligthing in order to create confortable work conditions. From an aesthetic point of view the new Directorate is characterized by the main material chosen - pink stone - and also by large windows veiled by a carved skin with arabic decoration.

The International School in Genoa

clientISG International School in Genoa
locationGenoa, Italy
area12.100 m²
statusCompetition (winner)

The new Genoa International School is set out by the site's natural terraces with buildings arranged in a functional layout that reflects the organisation of the school, from nursery to high school.

The main building houses communal functions such as the gymnasium, the cafeteria and the great hall. The teachers residences are planned in the upper zone. A lateral route connects all the buildings. Glazing is extensively used to enhance lightness of buildings.

Environmentally sensitive solutions include the "green" roof, the solar panels on the roof and brise soleil installed on those surfaces that are most exposed to sunlight.

MOTC Extension

clientMinistry of Transport & Communications
locationMuscat, Sultanate of Oman
statusPreliminary design

IBM South Europe Headquarters

clientFiat Engineering
locationMilan, Italy
area30.000 m²
statusCompetition by invitation

IBM intended to consolidate executive and receptive spaces into a new complex. The references for the design were the modern architecture buildings in the vicinity, i.e. the Mondadori Building designed by Oscar Niemeyer and the present IBM Headquarters. The project features four equal volumes with space organised around the communal functions which allows for varied configurations either enclosed or open plan.

The project includes two prominent natural elements. The first is an artificial lake that contributes to create a peaceful and quiet environment, reflects and is reflected in the building glazing, and provides continuity with the nearby riverside area as well as with the lake on the grounds of the Mondadori Building.

The second is the large grass lawn of the HQ building surrounded by tall poplars. The office building has a double skin, made up of external structural glazing, adjustable sensor-controlled brise soleil and internal windows, for glare and heat control.

The Citadel

clientMajan Development CO
locationAl Mawaleh, Oman
area27.000 m²
statusMasterplan (with National Engineering Office)

The design concept is a fort with the lifestyle centre as its outpost. A compound that is protected towards the city, joyful and green in its inner spaces. Circulation through the alternating spaces destined to difference uses (lifestyle centre, retail and leisure areas, residential block and hotel) is through paths opening onto surprising views, meandering across the roof garden with leisure areas.

The pierced screens in the traditional style are the highlights of the iconic image of the complex that reverberates across the hotel façade overlooking the lifestyle centre, the roof garden and the main road. The layout of the various functions ensures the entire Al Muzn complex is vital and lively all the time, avoiding that spaces be crowded during the day and empty at night and vice versa. The hotel and the residences surrounding the larger inner garden are key in serving this purpose.

The system for access to/exit from the various functions is functional and ensures immediate orientation: the roundabouts on the main road, the circulation ring around the plot, the access to the garden on the roof of the retail centre for the hotel and the yard maintenance facilities, the loading bays for receipt and distribution of merchandise, the underground /covered park for 1,000 vehicles featuring 4 entrances/exits on opposite sides provide utmost circulation fluency and straightforwardness of configuration.

In addition to providing ease of circulation and internal accessibility, the multiple levels of gardens, of the lifestyle centre and of the hotel, parking in the basement with access to the desired floor or directly to the residences, the green spaces of the inner yard where people can get together, the social life highlight on the raised area on the roof of the outpost facilitate community life and emphasise its importance.

Centred on the theme of the fort, the chosen architectural style is contemporary yet draws on and develops elements of the Omani tradition: protection from the outside, broad glazing and terrace facing the common spaces of the inner yard. Façade decorations, traditional cuts and slits towards the road and the city, carved volumes, terraces and glazing facing the gardens. Notably, the hotel presents itself to the outside with a decorative screen with louvers that give it visibility and make it recognisable as a public function building.

Colours and materials are inspired by the Omani forts, the country's mountains with their iron and sand colours, rust-like and rose nuances for a harmonious integration with the city and its people who will come to think the Al Muzn Citadel has always been there.

Via Camilla residential development

clientGadolla S.p.A.
locationGenoa, Italy
area2.300 m²
statusPreliminary & final design, executive drawings
year2009 – 2011

The project entails residential development with communal spaces in the rio Rixi area (district of Albaro, Genoa) in harmony with the natural terraces. Recent plan revisions made by local authorities have given the current owner more latitude in orienting design choices including the size and certain other aspects of the dwellings for a total of eight 140-190 sq. m upmarket apartments featuring a more orderly organisation of spaces.

Energy efficiency is ensured by a hidden-fixing ventilated façade system made up of pink porcelain stoneware panels, enhanced by internal insulation, a geothermal heat pump system for heating and cooling plus solar thermal and photovoltaic panels. Each apartment has its own energy/utility accounting system with control over energy consumption in each room.

Madonetta Auditorium

clientSantuario della Madonetta
locationGenoa, Italy
statusPreliminary design

The auditorium is set out in a seventeenth century stone water tank located on the grounds of the church of Our Lady of the Assumption (Santuario della Madonnetta) in Genoa. In celebration of this historic landmark the entire structure is lowered down the tank and hangs over the water, leaving the original stonework untouched. The roof is made of a large steel-frame leaf coated with tinned copper foil.

The tiered audience seating is made of a galvanised steel frame concealed behind the wooden stairs. Rainwater is collected on the roof ("the leaf") and conveyed through two pipes to a gravel filter. The quality of the water is controlled by a peroxide system.

Transformation of the area occupied by Esaote

clientEsaote S.p.A.
locationGenoa, Italy
area35.300 m²
statusUrban plan

The land and buildings owned and occupied by the company Esaote S.p.A. in Sestri Ponente, Genoa, are part of an industrial district that has undergone major changes in the past 20 years. Further changes lie ahead with the upcoming relocation of the company to the Erzelli Hill high-tech district. In full respect of public interest, Esaote S.p.A. intends to transform the area it currently occupies into a permeable urban space with enhanced infrastructure, pedestrian routes and greenery, an embankment for protection from the sea, and three energy efficient blocks of buildings (A, B and C), in a remodelled relationship with the surrounding constructions.

Overlooking the internal part of the area, Block A will consist of a building with retailer spaces at street level topped by a two-storey car park partly covered by a roof garden as well as three 14 storey-plus penthouse residential buildings. Block B will be made up of the existing building that is going to be renovated and remodelled to accommodate a non-food medium-sized retailer and non-food corner shops at street level, current service industry activities on the upper floors and a car park on the roof.

Finally, after pulling down the existing building, two new buildings will be erected to form Block C. The first building will feature a large food supermarket at street level topped by a two-storey car park. On the south-west corner, the second building will consist of apartments for rent. The project also includes a public cableway linking the area to the Sestri Ponente residential district on top of the hill.

Pegli Residential Complex

locationGenoa, Italy
area1.440 m²
statusPreliminary & final design
year2007 – 2008

Palazzo Arzaga golf resort

clientPalazzo Arzaga S.r.l.
locationBrescia, Italy
area1.200 m²
statusPreliminary & final design

The Palazzo Arzaga Golf Resort consists of several buildings around Palazzo Arzaga that have all facilities needed to satisfy the need of the customers of the hotel and spa, and the adjoining golf course. In addition to hospitality facilities, the resort includes conference rooms, administrative offices and a private chapel. A swimming pool, gardens, pedestrian routes surrounded by natural vegetation and a car park for patrons occupy the rest of the grounds.

The project includes the addition of wooden balconies to the rooms on the south side of the hotel to provide shade and allow for full enjoyment of the surrounding environment by guests, the renovation of the spa, new conference facilities with roof garden, greenery along the path leading to the palace and in the entrance courtyard as well as the redesign of the existing car park.

San Quirico Home for the Elderly

clientValpolcevera Costruzioni S.p.A.
locationSan Quirico, Genoa, Italy
area22.425 m²
statusPreliminary & final design
year2008 – 2009

A nursing home for 120 elderly residents, with rehabilitation unit, in an area of the city that lacks eldercare facilities. The nursing home is a 4-storey building facing south-east situated along the terraced slope, partly set into the hillside. The building follows the contours of the slope and a central circulation route runs across the site.

Every level is covered with a roof-garden resembling natural terraces, with vegetation over the brise-soleil to shade the glazed façade. Only the ground level is fully above ground. This gives character to the structure and makes the building appear smaller than it really is. Upstream the nursing home, and linked to it by the square, there is a sheltered housing complex for elderly people who are self-sufficient. Also this complex is partially set into the hillside.

Restoration of Palazzo Serra Gerace

clientMarina Porto Antico S.p.A.
locationGenoa, Italy
area5.500 m²
statusPreliminary & final design, executive drawings
year2010 – 2011

The palace is located in the old city of Genoa facing the Aquarium and the Porto Antico Marina. It dates back to the Middle Ages when several adjoining houses were merged into a single palace. During the Renaissance, and again between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it underwent major transformations. It is in this latter period that the frescoes that still adorn several rooms were painted.

The project entails the upgrade of the offices that currently occupy the palace and will remain on the second, third and fourth floors, and the remodelling of other spaces for their new function (private residences on the upper floors, public facilities at street level and the restaurant on the first floor).

Special care is devoted to conserve those elements of historical and artistic value, making only minor changes in the roofing and interiors without altering the specific character of vaulted, stuccoed or frescoed walls and ceilings. The restoration will also include upgrades to comply with safety regulations and facilities for the disabled.

Quinto Residential Complex

locationGenoa, Italy
area750 m²
statusPreliminary & final design, executive drawings

The residential complex is set out by the terraced site on which it stands and is well integrated into the surrounding natural landscape. The complex is arranged in two sections of tiered houses with a central axis where the sloping up stairs and lift are positioned.

The two sections of houses are connected by canopies at all lift landings. The existing embankment is excavated to house cellars and garages.

There are three different accesses to the houses: one main access near the garages, another from the communal stairs and the last one from a new pedestrian route in the upper area. The olive trees removed from the terraces during construction will be replanted in the private gardens.

Botticino Residential Complex

clientEredi Cazzago S.r.l.
locationBrescia, Italy
area9.880 m²
statusPreliminary design

Office Building

clientHawar Group
locationLusail, Qatar
area4.900 m²
statusPreliminary design

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