The project area is one of the districts of the city of Pavia most at risk from flooding of the river Ticino; for this reason a solution is proposed which would allow the residents to safeguard their homes.
Visiting the area one notes, covering almost the whole zone, the presence of a poplar plantation characteristic for the straight avenues between the lines of trees through which the farm buildings of the old Borgo Ticino can be seen.
The project sets out to utilize the gridiron pattern suggested by the regularity of the plantation to organise the site’s spaces and to establish new housing along a central axis which continues the line of the poplar avenues inside the area.
Thus a central street is planned from which secondary streets branch off, conceived symbolically as fixed wharfs to which are “moored” the plates forming the basement of the buildings.
In a system which recalls the idea of wharfs floating on the water, the final placement of the basement plates seems a result of the river’s irregular movement along the bank with the result that they are placed within the gridiron pattern of the poplar plantation in an unintrusive way.
In fact the wooden basement on which motor vehicles can pass raises the building above the level of the poplar plantation which, however, is allowed to grow through the basement wherever possible.
The perimeters of the fields help to define footpaths which delimit the green spaces belonging to the private areas near the buildings and to the neighbouring public zones.
The footpaths continue on the basement plates without interruption and are characterised by a different orientation in the paving.
A typical building is of 3 floors: the ground floor is completely open and accommodates the private carpark and on the upper floors have been planned different sizes of flats unified by an external horizontal walkway in steel and wood.
The vertical connecting elements are structurally separate and clearly distinguishable from the rest of the building.
A system of ventilated facades has been chosen with a facing in oxidised copper panels whose green colour allows the building a degree of camouflage.
Wishing to make a recognisable element of the steel roof it has been separated and raised above the building though still an integral part of it.
Project for the exam in Technical Architecture and Building Typologies – University, 5th year