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.