Former Air Force Warehouse


The design for the new facility proposed by the RTP is based on principles that reflect the goals and directives of the S.A., aiming to create a building that is open and integrated with the city. This structure, featuring glass architecture, is designed to be a place for gathering and communication, while maintaining the original identity of the complex.

The building's transparency encourages interaction with the urban context, making it a point of attraction and exchange. The large entrance hall, which faces Pacinotti Street, is designed as a dynamic space that accommodates the functions of the Archives and defines new public areas.

Demolishing the existing offices and transforming them into open, permeable spaces helps create a quality public environment where nature and sociality play a central role. The building is developed on several levels, offering a variety of spaces suitable for both events and daily use, with a 24-hour accessible terrace emphasizing the cultural and recreational vocation of the place.

The project transforms a previously undeveloped area into a new urban hub, with the top floor becoming a large covered plaza, enhanced by spaces for dining and exhibition activities, opening onto panoramic terraces.

The Archives are designed with a rational and easily manageable layout, becoming the functional heart of the project, which is distinguished by its dual public and archival nature, a meeting point for the community.

From an engineering perspective, the design coordinates with the architectural concept to identify the most suitable construction and technological solutions, balancing functional needs with the preservation and enhancement of the existing structure.

The seismic and static upgrading of the building involves reinforcing existing structures and introducing new bracing elements, as well as shock-transmitters to handle seismic loads, ensuring the safety and integrity of the building and archived materials.

Finally, the system of systems is designed to meet the specific needs of storage spaces, ensuring control of thermo-hygrometric values and minimizing energy consumption through the use of reversible heat pumps and efficient diffusion systems integrated into the building design.


Studio Transit - architecture
VIVA consulting - acoustics
Geosat - geology

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