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.
The Number 6 in Turin, Italy by Building
October 8th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Building
In 1983 the Boffa family established Building Spa, a development and construction company. After 31 years, Building is composed of design, architecture, and building experts which main objective is to create new initiatives in the metropolitan, industrial, and commercial sectors. As a team, the company has achieved to create properties, paying special attention to the construction process, starting from the design stage and ending with the details of finishing, including a strenuous search for proper materials and adequate architectural solutions. As a result, the company is involved in the purchase of land, design, construction, freehold commercialization, and management.
Building Engineering was formed in 2000 from the need to create a self-representation and support for Building Spa. The company has improved over time as a consequence of the investments, and technical structure organization used by the owner Piero Boffa.
The organization of Building Engineering is composed of a crew of 14: the architect Luca Sabino Petrone, responsible of the organization and accountability of the office space; the architect Salvatore Grillo who coordinates six design engineers and one structural engineer, meanwhile the geometrician Marco Gribaudo is responsible of three technicians who take care of the accountings and cadastral operations. With this team, Building follows different projects such as the study of visionary goals through the realization of study models, hand sketches, passing by pre elementary and definitive projects throughout the production of communal practices and corollary to finally arrive to the executive study of work pieces, throughout a virtual representation and the graphical restitution projects. Thirteen years of experience make Building Engineering a complete design studio, autonomous in all ways in constant supervision of the problems of the yard, and capable of responding to the needs of the most diverse design including possibility of studies and virtual simulations, Building Engineering is the strength of the team spirit, the result of a passionate approach to work, where everyone is an integral part of the process and the finished product.
The Number 6, the renovation of Palazzo Valperga Galleani, is one of the best representations of architectural salvage, respect for cultural heritage, technology, elegance and sense of beauty. The restoration and development, carried out by Building Engineering, intended to dramatically re-functionalize an important historical and architectonic property, that in spite of its disfiguration during the last century that led to the loss of its original residential aim. The main idea behind the reconstruction was to bring back the property purpose with a particular intention to “open” the private space of courtyard to the city, decorating it with art objects, proper lighting, plants, and flowers.
All reconstructions undertaken to build the 36 apartments which were designed in accordance of the pre-existing layout, are done with the intention to reconcile it with the cutting-edge solutions for minimizing ecological impact. From the start, the intention was to establish a work that would reconcile architectural solutions to an artistic and stenographic setting designed to give an added value to the space, making it enjoyable for visitors. Therefore, with the help of with Cultural Heritage Protection Bodies, we reconstructed an environment once lost but, not forgetting its strong evocative value.
During the restoration of the courtyard of the Alfieri street we chose to revitalize the original XVII century giardino (garden) transposing its design, with lights and plants, in two planes, horizontal and vertical. The historical giardino is now hanging down in a romantic gesture produced in the plain air of the courtyard. The suspended contemporary sign, the tree, is a representation of the history of the palazzo, an emotive symbol that renews the astonishment in the everyday perception of the residents of the palazzo, and revitalizes the memory of the ones that once lived there. A long horizontal line of balcony rails nicely decorated with numerous flower vases holding climbing plants is exposed along the walls of the building. Every vase is provided with an automatic watering device and by two lanterns mounted on semi-rigid brackets intended to illuminate the vases. Consistent computer-controlled illuminations of all elements unite the courtyard paving design, the tree and multiple vases into one unique expressive picture.