[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has completed the practice’s first project in Italy - a new civic hub in the the Italian town of Scandicci near Florence
Working with Italian practice Studio DA, RSHP has designed a series of buildings around a central public piazza.
The €33.8 million development includes a cultural centre, a commercial building and apartments.
The project also includes a new tram line which will connect the town with the nearby city of Florence.
The completed buildings are part of a wider plan commissioned by the Scandicci Council in 2003 which aims to transform the satellite town into a ‘renewed city hub’.
Richard Rogers said: ‘We hope to have marked a change and indicated a new direction for the next 20 years of development of Scandicci. I believe that we have created something truly special and I hope that the legacy of this project will continue to develop for many years to come.’
Ivan Harbour added: ‘A work of this magnitude is a great catalyst and already the town hall is responding to the work. Scandicci places people above all other design considerations. This should always be the aim behind a great urban regeneration project.’
The architect’s view
The new development at Scandicci is characterised by buildings that respect the scale of their surroundings and create a contemporary architectural language, that gives cohesion between all the diff erent typologies, whilst responding to their individual functions. The result is a restrained architectural aesthetic that directs attention towards the setting rather than the buildings themselves.
The choice of materials was fundamental to the process of creating an ensemble of buildings. A limited palette was selected for all buildings, including natural anodized aluminium, concrete, glass, stainless steel and terracotta. Terracotta has been used as a building material in Tuscany for centuries and so the new project continues this tradition in a contemporary way. The red tone of the terracotta, framed by natural anodized aluminium and inset within visibly expressed concrete frame, creates a language that places the traditional local materials in a new, fresh setting.
Location Scandicci, Italy
Type of project civic
Client Scandicci Centro Srl
Architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Local architect Studio DA
Landscape architect Erika Skabar
Structural engineer Politecnica
Project manager Federica Barni
Quantity surveyor Studio Associato Zingoni
Main contractor CMSA Società Cooperativa
Project start date 2008
Completion date 2013
Site area 26,000m²
Built area 15,500m²
Total cost €33.8 million