Home » References » Multipurpose facility, Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella, Italy

Multipurpose facility, Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella, Italy

Arch. Simona Manara e arch. Marco Semprebon

The fairgrounds at Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella have been redeveloped into an urban park with two multi-purpose facilities.  The local council agreed to the demolition of some disused exhibition halls and for new modern buildings to take their place.

The project is proceeding in a number of stages as part of the PIRUEA (a programme for urban redevelopment).  Phase 1 has been completed, with the opening of a multi-purpose facility that is open to the surroundings.  An urban park is planned and funding is sought for a second multi-purpose facility which will be fully enclosed.

The focal point of the entrance area is the new building, which becomes the board of the city park and an interpretation of a 'barn' for Villa Bassani, a nearby manor house and park.  The new building overlooks the old park and is in harmony with the environment whilst views from the other sides will compare with an architecturally defined square.

The elongated building is proposed as a physical and formal compromise between the square, the nearby town and the old park.  It can be seen as a continuation of the square or as a link to the park.  The geometry of the roof itself and the chosen materials (stone, wood and copper) recall and enhance the natural feel of the building.  In particular, the copper-cladding rises from the green grass and its shape blends with the sweetness of the hills that surround the area, blending into the natural environment.

This blending is a mark of respect towards the villa: the new project doesn’t compete with the villa, that has symbolic and historical importance, it has no overpowering “architectural strength”; there is a clear distinction between them regarding materials and typology.



Comune di Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella
Completion date: 
Zip code: 
Sant'Ambrogio di Valpollicella (VR)


Barrel roof
Type of building: 
Public square, park
Copper used: 


Name, office: 
M+S Architetti
Address & description: 
M+S Architetti Architetto Simona Manara ed Architetto Marco Semprebonvia G. Matteotti 1437015 Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella (VR)Consulenti:impiantistica: In.Tec. S.r.l.;strutture: Studio Associato Tecnestrutture

Copper contractors

Tecnocop S.r.l.
Address & description: 
via Francia 2, 37069 Villafranca di Verona (VR)

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. Find out more by following this link.