“MeratemenTRE”: health and the city | WINNING PROJECT
Build a city of health means making spaces in the city and for the city, it means a hospital as a place of sociality. The project starts from the recognition of spatial and functional phenomena of the city with the question of what these phenomena represent for Merate’s Hospital St. Leopoldo Mandic. This hospital is a crossroad of the urban axis and environmental one, thus represent a potential new urban polarity as well as an important provincial barycenter. The project was shaped sewing the urban wires from north to south and from east to west, through a structured process that ensures a high urban quality and functional mixité. URBAN METADESIGN | RECONNECT: we chose to focus on sustainable mobility, the pedestrian one from east to west, and cycle-pedestrian from north to south. MICROURBAN OPERATIONS | SEW UP: we eliminated the gap between the existing urban center, the heart of city life, and the potential new urban core defined by the Hospital St. Leopold. NEW URBAN DESIGN | FILL THE VOIDS: we recognized the architecture based on “zero volume” as a very high “constructive power”. It is often sufficient to create a vacuum to get fullness. The matter of which fill the void are the relationships, exchanges, dialogues, passers.
Martina Casarini, Andrea Rebecchi, Mirza Sahman, Maddalena Buffoli, Stefano Capolongo
Comune di Merate (LC)
WINNING PROJECT – 1ST PRIZE