Stone-effect and multiple geometric shapes for the redevelopment of the Martinelli Area in Morbegno
Past, context and contemporary architecture dialogue in materials including stone-effect stoneware and rational geometric forms
Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel designed the redevelopment project for the Martinelli Area, a large, derelict industrial site, with new buildings that merge attractively into the historic, urban and natural context of Morbegno, at the gateway to the Valtellina. After in-depth background analysis, the project set out to generate a significant improvement in urban quality by introducing functions in short supply in the town, creating new public spaces and services, and giving a new boost to retail businesses. The architects have reorganised the vast decommissioned industrial area and achieved a fine balance between the spaces allocated for residential, retail, office and entertainment purposes, while also covering parking and utility needs. Modern structures, designed to fit attractively into the town's urban context, have therefore taken the place of derelict buildings which once housed iron and steel works.
Amongst them is building G, which successfully provides the link between the project, its stated intentions and dialogue with the surrounding context, with simple, contemporary forms combined with complex facades featuring an alternation of coverings and solid walls and windows.
The Mystone collection is the ideal solution for architects wishing to return to the tradition of using stone in architecture without sacrificing the technical performances of porcelain stoneware, and with the option of large tile sizes also available.
Mystone-Gris Fleury is a stone-effect stoneware inspired by a stone featuring a variation of shades and small inclusions of other materials, and it provides exactly the right link to the landscape in which this redevelopment project is located.
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