The first prize winning design for the Technology Center in Bologna by gmp Architekten converts a former industrial heritage building into a modern technology park. With an area of about 110,000 square meters, the center includes an exhibition hall, laboratories, offices, a seedbed center for research affiliated with the university, and teaching facilities such as lecture halls and university institutes. In addition, there will be conference facilities, including hotel and service areas such as shops, a day nursery, restaurants and refectories to be established in the former power station. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The factory facilities of the former tobacco monopoly, designed by the famous Italian engineer and architect Pier Luigi Nervi are carefully modernized and converted to accommodate new functions. The additional new buildings carry the signature of the listed historic buildings dating from the 1940s, albeit in modern form.
From the motorway exit to the city, the complex will be easily recognizable by its landmark, the re-designed chimney which blends perfectly with the urban environment. On the inside, the building complex is laid out around a central square at the imposing former power station. This creates four access avenues which can be flexibly designed in different construction phases. The existing buildings are upgraded for improved energy conservation and earthquake resistance and are restored in profile and color scheme to their former architectural aesthetics. The color scheme will be continued at the new buildings, contrasted by the power station with its high chimney in red Bolognese brickwork.
Architects: gmp Architekten
Location: Bologna, Italy
Design: Volkwin Marg with Robert Friedrichs
Team Members: Stephanie Joebsch, Alessia Spezzano, Alexander Kittel, Bernd Kottsieper, Claudia Schultze, Andre Wegmann, Peter Radomski
Client: Società Finanziaria Bologna Metropolitana SpA
Status: First prize in international competition 2012
Total floor Area for Various Uses: 110,000 sqm