UNStudio: ponte parodi
 
UNStudio: ponte parodi
dec 02, 2011

UNStudio: ponte parodi

‘ponte parodi’ by UNStudio, genoa, italy all images courtesy of UNStudio

 

 

aspiring to revitalize the industrial waterfront of genoa, italy, ‘ponte parodi’ is a residential, retail and cultural center designed by amsterdam-based firm UNStudio. replacing one of the many currently vacant sites due to the gradual relocation of industrial activity from the coastline, the masterplan will attract visitors and residents to the harbor creating an extension of the city center. positioned between porto antico and the historical district, the area will become a location for gathering of students and inhabitants as well as tourists from cruises. a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces, the development will create 130,000 square meters of public venues within a 20-meter tall structure which responds to the scale of the nearby urban fabric.

 

 

UNStudio: ponte parodi northern piazza

 

 

the three-story building contains an amphitheater, cruise terminal, cafes and restaurants accessible through carved corridors and rooftop park. pedestrians are circulated through and atop the complex via branching paths which begin at the site boundary and ends at the water with a sea-side promenade. plazas on the ground and upper levels create points of interest amidst the occupiable volumes and gardens.

 

 

UNStudio: ponte parodi elevated promenade overlooking central piazza

 

 

UNStudio: ponte parodi retail center

 

 

UNStudio: ponte parodi lower gallery

 

 

UNStudio: ponte parodi view from the harbor

 

 

UNStudio: ponte parodi complex visually integrates into the industrial character of the coastline

 

 

UNStudio: ponte parodi aerial view of the complex

 

 

UNStudio: ponte parodi interior circulation diagram

 

 

UNStudio: ponte parodi rooftop circulation diagram

 

 

UNStudio: ponte parodi public spaces circulation diagram

 

 

UNStudio: ponte parodi study models

 

 

project info:

 

 

client: altarea italia progetti s.r.l.; (competition) porto antico di genova spa programme: public attractor with a 3-dimensional piazza and mixed use: cruise terminal, wellness experience, knowledge experience, commercial experience, public park with amphitheatre. gross floor surface: 76.000m²
 volume: 160.000 m³
 site: 36.000 m² total project area: 132,200 m2 internal activities: 49553.82 m2 public urban park on roof: 18838.04 m2 parking area: 36437.08 m2 technical areas: 8356.81 m2 outdoor areas (quays, north piazza): 18929.94 m2



unstudio: ben van berkel, caroline bos, astrid piber with nuno almeida and (design development/building permit) mirko bergmann, margherita del grosso, veronica baraldi, kristin sandner, abhijit kapade, chiara marchionni, cristina ferreira, casper damkier, rainer schmidt, adrien leduc, lorenzo vianello; (schematic design) cristina bolis, paolo bassetto, alice gramigna, michaela tomaselli; (competition) cristina bolis, peter trummer, tobias wallisser, olga vazquez-ruano, ergian alberg, stephan miller, george young, jorge pereira, mónica pacheco, tanja koch, ton van den berg

advisors: structure: d’appolonia, genoa building services: manens, verona traffic: systematica, milan project coordination: studio augusti, genoa (competition) infrastructure and structure: arup, london; off-shore construction: grootint b.v. visualisation: rendertaxi, aachen

  • Interesting, and perhaps it will work as intended, but I miss any sense of Genoa’s rich, wonderful past as a seafaring power. It was at one time the most formidable naval and commercial force in the Med.

    Tom P says:
  • feels thunderbird-ish and aesthetically unresolved. The spaces seem ‘heavy’ and over expressed

    Tim says:
  • i feel like urban architecture is falling more and more prey to the creation of intriguing objects best viewed as axonometrically conceived proposals, rather than projects intended to be occupied and enjoyed by the masses as rich and diverse experiential pedestrian interfaces.

    yeahno says:
  • na,this is just not there,Genoa needs something more definitive to their architype,culture,history,this here is in the wrong place.

    Archipunk says:
  • seems too hi-tech for Genoa.

    pedromora says:
  • Wow! Excellent! Practical, open areas with views for the public, opens the harbour up for all. The only adjustment I wouuld make, would be to change the windows on the left hand corner (as seen in the top two photos to be more simpatico with the existing building and colour-blend that building’s colours into the white as a form of mural. Thanks Laureen. d;-)

    Jetwax says:

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