zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment building
 
zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment building
jun 13, 2011

zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment building

‘ravenna harbour apartment building’ by cino zucchi architetti in ravenna, italy all images courtesy cino zucchi architetti

 

 

 

milan-based practice cino zucchi architetti (cino zucchi, nicola bianchi, andrea viano) has sent us images of ‘ravenna harbour apartment building’, a new multi-storey residential building in ravenna, italy. situated adjacent to an artificial canal serving as a harbour for the industries of the area, the design keeps in mind the future trajectory of the site by creating a double-faced complex that could open towards the water edge and possibly transform into a future promenade.

zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment buildingexterior view

 

 

 

read as a highly geometric volume, the residential complex possesses a small building footprint to accommodate a semi-public ‘piazza’ which connects the city side to the water promenade. a green rampart which hosts the covered parking space leads to a raised central courtyard that overlooks the water. small shops and commercial opportunities will be hosted on this open level to accommodate the visitors of the harbour. a raised, lived-in ‘bridge’ form which runs parallel to the water provides a loose sense of ‘enclosure’ and privacy to the central court.

zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment building street view

 

 

 

distinguished by a mosaic-like skin of varying shades – clay to cobalt blue – the overall effect of the facade is a scalar distortion of the volume, aiding in connecting the dimension of the building to its ‘domestic’ program. the south elevation features long, horizontal lines created by overhanging balconies.

zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment buildingfrom green space

 

 

 

conceived and realized as a sustainable structure, the design is highly energy conscious with thorough building mass studies conducted for ideal sun orientation as well as shadow patterns for passive cooling/natural daylighting. a system of solar panels are installed on the rooftop terrace to aid in the building’s energy usage. the exterior surface, finished by a layer of plaster on mesh, provides an efficient insulation layer, resulting in ideal and efficient interior microclimate conditions. all materials are biodegradable or easy to dispose of.

zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment building

zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment building

from courtyard

zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment building

zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment building

zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment building

general view from the water line

zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment building

3D rendered model

zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment building

zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment building

courtyard space

zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment building

physical model

zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment building

zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment building

floor plan / level 0

zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment building

typical floor plan

zucchi & partners: ravenna harbour apartment building

west elevation

  • always a worry when a building is built and the publicity shows the computer modelled rendering, ostensibly as they make the place look more appealing than real life.

    I think this is an example of an architect who doesn’t live in this kind of accommodation and is lacking in empathy for the building’s final occupants

    dissapointed in repetition
  • It looks quite ugly and outdated. Where are the interior shots?

    SARA
  • This is a plendid example of order in a disorder composition. Look at the horizontal lines going over in the windows and balustrades and at the same time in the harmonious colours of the patchwork fronts where the openings for the windows almost are invisible.

    tish
  • From some angles these look like stacked shipping containers — perhaps not the ideal choice of imagery for a commercial harbor.

    Tom P
  • is there not already enough cacaphony on the urban skyline?

    dbkii

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