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Tower house in Bologna, Italy

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location: Bologna, Italy

year: 2010
status: Competition eVolo Skyscraper

client: /
program: Housing

GFA: / m2

budget: n/a

team: Lucia Zamponi, Filippo Nanni





In the late Middle age Bologna was named “Silva Turrita”. In a representation of the city in the XII sec. Bologna was a little Manhattan. Nowadays just few towers still exist. The project investigates the Middle age tower-house typology in relation with the sprawl extension of the town. Housing towers are interbred with medieval existing fabric, trying to investigate new ways to live downtown, in order to create a supply crossing social groups and stimulating the complexity of the polis. It is a rediscovery of the “next-door fund”, considered under a new point of view as space of possibilitiy. Small proportion towers, working on the matrix of existing spaces, increase the potential and quality of life on the ground, experimenting a new model of urban relationships at 30m of altitude. A tower housing is made by stacked, overlapped rooms. A room is seen as the space of proximity, of everyday life, the right proportion to introduce a dynamic and adaptive vertical community. The plot is reduced to the minimum size, the location traces out the existing fabric. The fabric of the consolidated city is a well recognized model.





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