Ex Arsenal at Maddalena Conversion / Stefano Boeri Architetti

Ex Arsenal at Maddalena Conversion / Stefano Boeri Architetti

Paolo Rosselli

Italian based Stefano Boeri Architetti shared with us their latest project: The requalification and recovery of the ex Military Arsenal on the island of La Maddalena, Italy. This project includes a hotel, a congress centre, a conference building, two large exhibition and commercial spaces and a quay for 700 boats.

Paolo Rosselli

It was conceived as the central point of the G8 summit at Maddalena, event that was recently moved to the earthquaked zone of L’Aquila, and it was developed in only 18 months, thanks to the work of 1600 construction workers, a dozen developers and a large group of professionals and technicians, fulfilling a vision that confirms “the level of distinction of contemporary Italian Architecture”.

The end result is impressive: over 155.000 m2, providing a series of port, receptive, formative and convention infrastructure that will transform the ex Arsenale at Maddalena into one of the principle nautical poles of the eastern Mediterranean. The mixed use project incorporates advanced systems to use solar power and seawater for heating and cooling, reflecting the strong relation of the project with the sea.

Architects description and more photos by  Paolo Rosselli  after the break.

THE CONFERENCE HALL: a glass cube suspended over the water

The Conference Hall, plausibly the most representative of the interventions, is a glass and basalt prism that cantilevers over the water. Almost 2000m2, it is a new construction that hosts – aside from flexible spaces for nautical events – a large conference hall suspended 6 meters above water that looks out towards the extraordinary panorama of the Gallura. A new landmark for the Maddalena Archipelago that reinterprets in visionary key the relation between the power of the surrounding natural elements and the rigorous forms of traditional Italian military architecture.


The traditional granite arcades of the ex military car fleet have been converted to host commercial, exhibition and formative spaces linked to nautical and touristic activities. The architecture of this articulated series of service spaces is characterized above all by the 10.000m2 white sail-like roof, suspended 10 meters from the ground and equipped with photovoltaic panels for the production of energy.

Paolo Rosselli

Paolo Rosselli

Paolo Rosselli

SPORT AND WELLNESS CENTER AT THE EX BUNKER: the heart of the tourist harbour

A partial intervention of the arcades and the warehouses has converted the ex military Bunker in a 4.000m2 space apt for hosting recreational and sport activities that look out onto the most protected part of the touristic harbour.

THE ARSENALE HOTEL : a small accommodation quarter

On the north side of the ex Arsenale, upon the quay, a small area dedicated to hotel accommodation and services has been created to include a 100 room hotel, a SPA and wellness center, pool, a large restaurant and a 600 seat conference hall.

Paolo Rosselli

Paolo Rosselli

Paolo Rosselli

THE TOURISTIC HARBOUR: a docking and maintenance system for boats of up to 150m

All of the realized structures have been designed to serve, apart from their daily use, the visitors from the 700 boat spaces available within the 128.000 m2 harbor that, guaranteeing a depth of between 4 and 7 meters , develops along 2km of new equipped quays. The eastern part of the quay will host, in addition to a series of commercial equipment, a large area destined for nautical maintenance.

Due to the incorporation of heat exchange systems that use seawater for the heating and cooling of the buildings, of solar panels for the production of hot water, and of large photovoltaic surfaces that produce energy from renewable resources, the project is in its totality a model of sustainable practice tuned to the preservation of the extraordinary qualities of the Mediterranean landscape and the natural biodiversity that distinguish the archipelago of La Maddalena.

LA MADDALENA G8 project – January 2008 /June 2009

Architectural design Stefano Boeri

With Michele Brunello (Project Coordination) Davor Popovic (Project leader Main Conference and Delegate Area) Barbara Cadeddu (Project leader Interventions Extra Arsenale) 2+1 Officina Architettura (Responsible architect Definitve Project Arsenale Residence) Vincenzo Vella (Responsible architect Executive Project Arsenale Residence) Liverani / Molteni architets (Responsible architect Catering Building) Marco Brega (Director Studio Stefano Boeri)

And: Javier Deferrari (Main Conference, Delegate Area) Andrea Grippo (Masterplan and external areas, Delegate Area)

And with: Andrea Barbierato (Delegate Area) Daniele Barillari (Main Conference, Delegate Area) Mario Bastianelli (Main Conference) Maurizio Burragato (Delegate Area) Marco Dessì (External areas) Marco Giorgio (Main Conference) Eugenio Feresin (Arsenale Residence)

Marco Tradori (Arsenale Residence) Costantina Verzì (Outdoor areas)

With the contribution of:

Alessandro Agosti, Lorenza Baroncelli, Stefano Baseggio ,Kristina Drapic, Moataz Faissal Farid, Stefano Onnis, Edoardo Boi , Alessandro Gioffrè, Inge Lengwenus, Piergiorgio Loi, Corrado Longa, Yari Marongiu, Fabrizio Piras, Sebastian Russi, Vittorio Secci, Walter Dejana

Consultants Furnishing and Outdoor areas Arredi e Sistemazioni Esterne: Maddalena De Ferrari e Andrea Balestrero A 12 Landscape: Emanuela Borio e Laura Gatti Technical consultants: Favero & Milan Lighting: Ferrara Palladino Video: Attu Studio Visualization Area 4: Stack Studios Visualization Area 5: Studio Cast & Ello e Arch. Gianni Dedola Models: ON&OFF e Sebastiano Conti Gallienti Hall and Presidential Suite Hotel Interior Design: Antonio Marras with Stefania Beltrame

General contractor: ANEMONE COSTRUZIONI S.r.l. Structure: ITALINGEGNERIA MEP Engineering: ENETEC S.r.l.

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Cite: David Basulto. "Ex Arsenal at Maddalena Conversion / Stefano Boeri Architetti" 01 Jul 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/27417/ex-arsenal-at-maddalena-conversion-stefano-boeri-architetti> ISSN 0719-8884

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