The city is only apparently a developmental system made of space and matter, solids and voids.In reality it is also made of energy, information, relations, public opinion and aspiration that makes it almost unique in the balance between possible and necessary.In the future, the cities will need to rely on all available local energy; an energy that can also be viewed as a form of pride and the aspiration and which in return could revive in its residents connection with their Latin root: Civitas, civilization.
The addition on the Tower Littoria provided an opportunity to reassess the building as a new municipal symbol and to fortify ocial and civil citizenship values.A new belfry.A public shared value reinforced by the data and real-time flow of municipal information generated by the city and narrated by he new architecture and its LED lighting system. An architecture that like its technological devices does not pursue the exceptionality in itself but interacts with the tower and the city’s spirit through its autonomy and personality.
The travertine edge of the Littoria Tower protrudes from the structure and with a slight offset gives weight and consistence to the the ground support. An accent on the edge in form of an exterior elevator becomes the only sign of the new intervention.From the machine to a sign(symbol), from tecnological device to an architectonical device in order to reconnect a tower with its city.
Vision and visibility become the opposite expressions through which the design elements oscillate. They have been structured to give an experience modulated through all aspects of the new volume: elevator, rooms, terrace. In this structure the horizon becomes a metaphor for maximum collective experience, while the vertical ascent becomes a moment of an individual stimulus where city progessivly reveals itself and the new travertine edge is progressivly being reduced.
project > UdA (Andrea Marcante, Valter Camagna, Adelaide Testa)