Wrapped Around Pavilion

Renderings: Valerio Croci

Wrapped Around Pavilion
Morbegno, Italia

Progetto: Carlo Ezechieli

Assistants: Andrei Vassallo
 Renderings: Valerio Croci

This project doesn’t want to solve the problem of global warming, nor to declare itself "sustainable", nor to save the planet. The goal is simply to celebrate the joy of children, making them feel an integral part of the environment around them.
While a pavilion is usually identified as a space with trees around it, in this case are trees with a pavilion around them. In the shape of this small space, where the design of the greenery and that of the pavilion are one, concavity prevails over convexity, literally enveloping those who frequent it.
Entering through narrow corridors, instead of a flat floor, you find yourself immersed in a topography that allows children to play and use the space freely according to their desires.
The pavilion is high enough to be hidden in the vegetation. Only the roof is slightly visible, creating an environment inside that appears like an enchanted world.

Renderings: Valerio Croci

Renderings: Valerio Croci

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Green Courtyard

Green courtyard
Novara, Italy2014

Architectural design: Carlo Ezechieli

Consultants: ICStudio(Structural Engineering); The Natural Step Italia(Ecosystemic Design)

The project is about the reclaiming of a large abandoned block located in the historic heart of the city. The program is set for a 2’500sqm store at the ground level, a 1’600sqm spa-gym at the first level and a 1’400sqm hotel on the second, all arranged around a 4’000sqm roof garden on the first floor. The by now crumbling old buildings are covered by an heterogeneous and biologically rich mass of vegetation. The reclamation design does not aim to intervene by simply blanking out the old – deteriorated beyond recovery – buildings, but rather establishing a sort of self-building, inhabitable, green living system, whose heart is an elevated piece of land open to the city: a “symbiotic” scheme made of built spaces totally enveloped by a green mass.

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