antonio citterio patricia viel and partners: technogym village
antonio citterio patricia viel and partners: technogym village antonio citterio patricia viel and partners: technogym village
oct 21, 2012

antonio citterio patricia viel and partners: technogym village

antonio citterio patricia viel and partners: technogym village photographed by marc eggimann © vitra all images courtesy of antonio citterio patricia viel and partners




official supplier to the london 2012 olympic games, exercise manufacturer technogym has just inaugurated the new ‘technogym village’ in cesena designed by italian firm antonio citterio patricia viel and partners. the massive 60,000 square-meter complex contains a state-of-the-art research and innovation laboratory, production facilities and a large wellness center dedicated to physical exercise and education. the substantial scope of the project posed a challenge on the expansive green site composed of soft rolling hills. the form, therefore, consists of long narrow and offset rectangular volumes with inclined undulating metal roofs that respond directly to its context. the waving form creates a clerestory that brings natural light into the spacious fabrication areas. made of prefabricated reinforced concrete panels and steel, the industrial program cuts down on material and construction cost while maintaining a high level of thermal insulation. natural ventilation is a key component to the glass-intensive project, helping to passively cool exercise and manufacturing spaces.

a composite steel structure with curved wooden glulam beams supporting a bowed steel canopy houses the 200 meter-long four-storey office building wrapped with a curtain wall oriented to the south to benefit from plenty of sunlight. the deep overhang of the arching roof decreases heat gain from direct sunlight. greeting visitors near the entrance to the campus, the elliptical wellness center sits perpendicularly from the parallel orientation of the primary complex, containing a spa, auditorium and gym over two floors surrounded by ample green space, running tracks, basketball court and pond.

a low, long building settles itself in its context image © leo torri

undulating wave form of the roof responds to the gentle hills of the site image © leo torri

large curtain walls let in plenty of light and offer views photographed by marc eggimann © vitra

office workspaces photographed by marc eggimann © vitra

industrial production area with clerestories image © leo torri

cafe with fresh fruits and vegetables image © leo torri

spiraling staircase photographed by marc eggimann © vitra

central spiraling staircase image © leo torri

curving roof structure made of curved glulam wood beams image © leo torri

image © leo torri

adjacent wellness center image © vitra

image © vitra

truck loading ports image © leo torri

bird’s eye view image courtesy of technogym

image courtesy of technogym

model image © designboom

model image © designboom

model image © designboom

modelimage © designboom

architect patricia viel image © designboom

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 0



have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
493,010 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample