Cesena Building / Tisselli Studio Architetti

Architects: Tisselli Studio Architetti
Location: Cesena,
Principals in Charge: Filippo Tisselli, Cinzia Mondello
Collaborators: Filippo Tombaccini, Flavia Benigni, Elena Fantoni
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Tisselli Studio


The aim of the project was to revitalize a dismissed industrial area with a residential building. The challenge was to work within the parameters of good design and a low budget to provide the city with quality architecture while respecting the commercial space requirements of the client. The resulting project provides a substantial architectural impact with respect to the smaller buildings of the area that are characterized by a broad range of building styles. The decision to use a traditional structure allowed the architects to focus their design energy on the details and the finances on finishing material, which afforded the pursuit of innovative design.

The complex characteristics of the site required a comprehensive and functional solution, taking into account the slope of the lot. The resulting building is composed of superimposed layers, developed longitudinally. Each ‘layer’ has a specific designated use: the first level is reserved for parking, the second level contains more parking in addition to outside living space, and the remaining levels are dedicated to the 28 residential units. A system of ramps and pedestrian walkways unifies the structure and provides pedestrian and vehicular access to all levels. The elevation integrates with the surrounding area while maintaining a strong architectural identity. Wide balconies run the entire length of the building to emphasize the horizontal progression of the structure while providing access to the rear residential units. As a play on depth, two bands enclose the structure in a unique graphic gesture, providing order to an otherwise fragmentary façade and serving as the identifying symbol of the building.

Cite: "Cesena Building / Tisselli Studio Architetti" 13 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=49315>
  • sita

    i think there is a reason why none of the photos show entire building, on the seciton it is simple and boring, while close shots make it more interesting because of nice balconys etc

    • dUFFY

      Couldn’t agree more mate. Its more Compelling Object Architecture. The stark section is nice simple 1940′s. But there is still merit in 3d conceptual realization. As a photograph it certainly is beautiful.


  • tobob

    I think they were trying not to show the context, which has nothing to do with the building. i like the details (or maybe the absence of needless details)

  • Rouan

    I dont quite understand why the talk about the supposed “layering” that has gone into the design….why is this layering only taking place on the horizontal plane? What about layering as you enter the building? What about transitional zones and hence “Layering” in the vertical plane?

  • http://twitter.com/nicholaspatten/status/9085824682 Nicholas Patten

    Nicely Designed: Cesena Building. http://bit.ly/9EGCsU

  • http://twitter.com/styletime/status/9086355977 Styletime

    RT @ nicholaspatten: Nicely Designed: Cesena Building. http://bit.ly/9EGCsU

  • hab

    nice facade, really bad floorplans.

    • rica li

      nice facade. at least great pics i think. but boring secions and floor plans.

  • plag

    beautiful facade and almost a miracle for a LOW COST building with apartments FOR SALE in Italy!

  • pgal

    beautiful facade and 3d! Really “clean”.
    A true miracle for a building in Italy with low budget apartments to be sold!

  • http://www.Lumiges.com Lumiges.com

    Modern, simple, but well thought design. Particularly I like how you connect white wall with bluish balustrades. And on top of that darkish boundary wall, which accentuates design. Nice. Lumiges.com