The work suggests a solution for the renovation of a degraded area of the city of Naples with a project able to accommodate a great international event such as the “America’s Cup”.
The lines of natural and artificial elements which characterise the district have been used as lines of strength to divide the area into four zones with separate functions: the port to make the most of the coastal area; a built-up zone to complete the residential district to the north; a nature park adjacent to the southern headland and a park organised so as to form a connecting element between the surrounding areas, conceived with a web of connecting pedestrian pathways which jut out over the sea from the land, forming wharfs in the port and meeting areas in the cross-over points.
The buildings planned for the park to be used as hotels and for commerce have been orientated according to the tacking movements that might be made by a theoretical sailing boat driven by a south-east wind.
In the port area only one building has been studied in detail, that to be utilized as a base for a team competing in the boat race, and which could be used after the event as a sailing centre.
From the plans and elevations the building can be seen to be divided into two main areas: one public, open and organised on the inside for an optimal reception of the event’s spectators, the other private, closed and studied so as to answer to the team’s needs, with a warehouse on the water-side for storing the vessels and on the landside more than half the façade is occupied by a gigantic solar-powered computer-controlled multimedia pixel screen.
The building is characterised by an element in the form of a giant spinnaker sail constructed from ETFE red panels mounted on a particular glass-steel structure whose function, apart from its symbolic presence, is to provide shade over the glass section of the façade.
Much attention has been given in the study to the construction features of the three structures down to the smallest details, employing and researching technical innovations including some of personal initiative, able to resolve the specific problems of the glass wall, of the reticular beam supporting the roofing of the warehouse and the “spinnaker”.
Degree thesis project -“City of sails”- renovation of the Bagnoli area – Naples, Italy