Locación: Mantova, Italia.
F.Paderno, M. Lahoud, A.Zavala,
A. Escobar & M. Salas
Eduardo Souto de Moura,
Francesco Cancelliere & Nuno Graça Moura
The Pavilion is conceived as an elongated volume of glass, “a plinth” mirroring the facade of Palazzo d’ Arco, The volume is surmounted by two opaque masses. The composition generates a new Piazza, surrounded by 4 buildings: INA House, Palazzo D’ Arco, Polimi and the new Pavilion.
The first one, consolidates the corner of the Piazza and via Domenico Fernelli and host the Polifunctional room, the second one, host the workshops on a second level.
The main access to the project is aligned with the axis entrance of the Palazzo d’ Arco. Programs are articulated from central foyer, from here is possible to access the two areas of the pavilion: Exhibition room and Cafeteria. The back part of the Pavilion is solved through a system of “vicolos” and “cortiles” following the system of the city.
THE MANTOVA SYSTEM
The city of Mantova is featured by a system of piazzas (1) and passages (2), The open spaces “Piazzas” organizes the buildings around them, allow gathering of people, provide light and ventilation, and at the same time they work as parvis for the historical buildings contemplation.
The passages, “vicolos” are small alleys of about 5 meters width connecting the piazzas and the “cortiles”, small patios around the city.
Likewise, the city is featured by “hidden patios” usually tree tops insinuate the gardens taking place behind a wall.
PIAZZA D' ARCO: CURRENT SITUATION
3 buildings are organized around the Piazza: INA House, Palazzo D’ Arco, Polimi. The piazza hosts a parking lot.