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New Library in Former Industrial Area / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia

New Library in Former Industrial Area / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia

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La Spezia, Italy
  • Architectural And Landscape Design:Alfonso Femia with 5+1AA (now Ateliers(s) Alfonso Femia)
  • Services And Environmental Engineering:ProgeTec s.n.c. Via Fontevivo, 19/F - 19125 La Spezia (SP)
  • Geotechnics And Geology:Geol. Enrico Verrando Via Tanini, 130 - 16133 Genova (GE)
  • Fire Safety:Studio Russo Via G. Amati
  • Project Managers:Stefania Bracco, Ilaria Sisto
  • Collaborators:Daniela Checchin, Roxana Carugar, Michele Nicastro, Gianmatteo Ferlin
  • Client:City of La Spezia
  • Program:Redevelopment of the former Fitram industrial area into a library in La Spezia
  • Cost:2.560.500,00. euro
  • Architects In Charge:Alfonso Femia
  • Design Team:Alfonso Femia, Simonetta Cenci, Daniele Di Matteo, Domenica Laface, Carola Picasso, Alessandra Quarello, Maria Michela Scala, Ilaria Sisto
  • Landscape Design:Alfonso Femia, 5+1AA
  • Services Engineering:ProgeTec s.n.c. Via Fontevivo
  • Environmental Engineering:ProgeTec s.n.c. Via Fontevivo
  • Geotechnics:Enrico Verrando Via Tanini
  • Geology:Enrico Verrando Via Tanini
  • City:La Spezia
  • Country:Italy
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Text description provided by the architects. The proposed intervention is the creation of a new urban "center", propulsive and functional according to the will of the Administration to recreate a place that provides meeting spaces, reading and entertainment. The program includes the creation of a living space in which to host a small auditorium, a reading area for children, the administrative centre, and the offices for the library in addition to the archives and the rooms dedicated to the book reading and consultation.

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© Luc Boegly

The idea of this challenging but fascinating project comes from the belief that reading and culture if identified with a dedicated place, can become an opportunity for growth, training, socialization. The project was immediately thought as a device of connection and sharing, of perception and rediscovery. Our intention was not the one of an overlapping abuse, to go alongside by denying, but to report the pre-existence, by inserting the interior with the exterior, of the urban landscape with the territory.


Everything is developed according to a grammar of design that emphasizes the identity of the individual parts and the relationship between them with radical honesty: the relationship with matter, the enhancement of the main characters in her, from the independence of interventions designed as "actions" in space and for the space, the "architectural promenade" that will accompany the use of this space as a discovery of existing buildings and their context. 

© Stefano Anzini
© Stefano Anzini

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Address:Via del Canaletto, 38, 19126 La Spezia SP, Italy

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Cite: "New Library in Former Industrial Area / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia" 17 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/889094/new-library-in-former-industrial-area-atelier-s-alfonso-femia> ISSN 0719-8884
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