The sea gateway

Office district with reception areas, shopping centre, multiplex cinema and residences Imperia / Italy / 2007

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RECUPERATION OF THE AGNESI PREMISES An important project for an important company – to recuperate a strategic area in the heart of the city of Imperia, restoring its strength and vitality. A series of operations dedicated to culture, free time and commerce to relaunch the economy of the whole area. The two big chimneys and the ex Ferriere building are planned to be restored and reinforced, and an international cetacean observatory, commercial areas, multiplex cinemas, restaurants hotels and residences will be built. OPEN SPACES, ARCHITECTURE INTERPRETS THE LANDSCAPE AND TERRITORY At the base an area solely for pedestrians delimited by sloping squares and water pools. The covering of the operation: a series of gardens sloping down to the sea, a func photovoltaic roof with plants. A system of squares and steps planted with Ligurian essences connect the buildings above with the facilities at sea level that are enhanced by the changing reflections from the pools of water at their base. ARCHITECTURAL – STRUCTURAL FEATURES The buildings of the commercial area are connected to the office district by a distribution arcade that is characterized by a transparent roof, completely open on its two short sides. An apparently suspended, naturally – shaped construction in opaque materials stands out on the north side in total contrast with the lightness of the whole structure. Two of the six cinemas are housed here. On the west side the reception building is enclosed by a “skin” formed by a double sail in steel and structural glass. On the outskirts the residential buildings that technologically and structurally resemble the rest of the complex are isolated by an open area with a private swimming pool and a pathway to connect them to the reception area and the neighbouring private areas in the west. The apartments are projected on one or two levels and have private gardens, verandas and terraces on the upper floors.
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    RECUPERATION OF THE AGNESI PREMISES An important project for an important company – to recuperate a strategic area in the heart of the city of Imperia, restoring its strength and vitality. A series of operations dedicated to culture, free time and commerce to relaunch the economy of the whole area. The two big chimneys and the ex Ferriere building are planned to be restored and reinforced, and an international cetacean observatory, commercial areas, multiplex cinemas, restaurants hotels and...

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    • Year 2007
    • Client Agnesi 1824 SpA – Soc. “La porta del mare”
    • Status Current works
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