Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Restoration project of the former Tabaccaia (Tobacco factory) in Siena, Italy by Mauro Alpini
July 26th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Mauro Alpini
The Monteroni D’Arbia former tobacco factory area is an opportunity to take up the challenge of a historic building of great physical, social and economic significance. Important in both physical and social terms, this area was a focal point in community life for the whole town and restoration work on it aims to rebuild a fragment of social fabric which is to be entrusted with a strategic re-appropriation role of the town’s physical and social dimension.
The approach chosen revolves around the historic buildings which, together with a square and new buildings, reworks the idea of a focal point represented by the central square. In their physical dimensions the historic buildings mark out the dimensions of the settlement to which the new buildings add an area of public land.
New buildings of comparable length separate off from the historic structure creating an urban loop near the square made up of three parallel buildings. From a functional point of view, the ground floor of the historic building will contain the shop with a public function in one section which will spill over onto the first floor too on which an auditorium will act as a great magnet.
The other buildings will be residential and, positioned at right angles to the railway, they will have a close relationship with the restoration work on the abandoned former Artistica Cristallo factory. An additional railway underpass will connect two important urban areas – the town and the tobacco factory will be linked to the recent urban development area.
From a compositional point of view the new volumes will not suffer from the contrast with the historic buildings: reasonable size, pure volumes and materials research show a latent desire not to betray the meaning of the place and its buildings. Two twin blocks will close off the central square while the main block will present a different image – a two fronted, Gardella style building will relate to its context with a recognisable form and a more unconventional appearance.
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