Asymptote Architecture to Design "Park of Angels" in Italy

Asymptote Architecture has been commissioned to design a park with a collection of cultural buildings on the outskirts of Peccioli, Italy. Called the “Parco Degli Angeli," Italian for Park of Angels, this urbanized complex will be carefully grafted into the picturesque Tuscan countryside to create a dialogue with the surrounding farmland and historical sites. The park will include museums, interactive sculpture installations, and an amphitheater that can host 800 people.

A Museum for Etruscan Antiquities, Center for Tuscan Food and Wine Culture, and a Music Instrument Museum will stand alongside a community music center. The landscaping of the park is inspired by the interaction between natural and manmade features in Italian Baroque gardens.  Elements from the works of artists Paolo Uccello and Piero della Francesca are also present, “here alluded to through an abstracted and evocative landscape,” according to the architects.

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A view of the amphitheater. Image Courtesy of Asymptote Architects

Perhaps the most prevalent element on the site is the large canopy covering the amphitheater. This canopy is a tensile fabric stretched over a metal frame, providing shelter from the elements and harvesting solar energy via embedded photovoltaic units. The canopy shell also incorporates perforations that direct airflow over the fabric, and respond to changes in weather conditions. The result is a highly responsive skin that rises from the site in subtle contrast to the silhouettes of the area’s hill towns.

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Aerial. Image Courtesy of Asymptote Architects
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Canopy View. Image Courtesy of Asymptote Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    56037 Peccioli Pisa, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture
  • Design Team

    Hong Min Kim, Matt Slattery, Ivy Wang, Natalie Hein
  • Project Director

    Mo Zheng, Paul Mecomber. Rob Eleazor
  • Local Architects

    Heliopolis – Archietti Associati
  • Structural Engineer

    knippershelbig GmbH
  • Environmental Engineers

  • Renderings

    Damjan Minovski
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Asymptote Architects

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Address:56037 Peccioli Pisa, Italy

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Cite: Connor Walker. "Asymptote Architecture to Design "Park of Angels" in Italy" 10 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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