18_ Rigenerazione urbana | Dap Studio



Project title: Rigenerazione urbana

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The project has been submitted by:
Dap Studio. Elena Sacconelli, Paolo Danelli



City: Genoa

Address: Via Pierino Pesce 5, Genova Sampierdarena



Designer or design team architects:

Pierpaolo Danelli


Plot Area: 420 mq

Gross Area: 3625 mq

Of which residential: 78%
Public/communal areas: 12 %
Facilities for the public: 2%
Business/trade: 9,8 %
Offices: 0 %

Number of residential units: 34
Typology of users: Families, Old-aged people, Other
Total building costs Euros: 3.000.000,00 €
Building Cost = Total Bulding Cost / Gross Area: 827,59 €
Floor area ratio = Gross Area / Plot Area: 8,63
Work started on date: Thursday, 21st December 2017
Work completion date: Monday, 31st December 2018


Promoter: Deacapital FHS
Allotment rule: Based on income and lack of other benefits.
Reduction cost percentage compared to the market value:
– assignement % 0 (the fall of the Morandi bridge has altered the Sampierdarena real estate market)
– rent % 17


Cost of construction max: The construction cost is relatively lower than the market, this result was achieved thanks to the simplification of the construction process, without reducing the quality of the works carried out
Rental/sale cost compared to market price: Unfortunately, the renovated building is located in a degraded area and for this reason the restructuring aims to trigger a virtuous urban redevelopment process. After the collapse of the Morandi Bridge, the value of the properties fell compared to the sale (at the moment we are not aligned with the market). As far as rent is concerned, the rent is lower than 20-17%.


Rules of allocation: The following are provided: rental at a moderate fee, at a fixed fee with or without provision for redemption or immediate sale agreement. Account is taken of the total annual income of the family unit, the absence of other facilities and properties.
Protection of fragile categories: Family units with an income below a set threshold are preferred.
Involvement of inhabitants in the building process: An analysis was made of the housing conditions of the area and the most requested housing cuts.
Community accompaniment in the life of the building: A managing body promotes integration between residents and the use of common spaces.


Functional mixitè: Given the small size of the building, the project favored living spaces compared to other functions. For this reason it is the common and distribution spaces – entrance hall, paths and roof – which are considered “other” places for meeting and parking.
Common spaces and shared living: The common areas are not specific environments, but designed as a fluid space constituted by the circulation path (from the hall to the shared terrace on the roof). This “widens” for socialization and staying; it is recognizable by the red color.
Techniques and strategies for environmental saving: Passive measures have been privileged, such as the insulation of the enclosure and the construction of new thermal break windows. The building is powered by a district heating network that manages both heating and domestic hot water production photovoltaics on all roofs, we reduce floor space consumption.

Description of the project: 


The project concerns the renovation and requalification of an office building in the Sampierdarena district of Genoa, in order to host a social housing project.
The pre-existing building was indifferent to its context and unable to capture the potential of its surrounding area.

The aim of the project is thus to reengage dialogue between the building and its context by re-proportioning its frontage. The first action is to perceptually raise the base of the building by applying a single cladding that clearly separates it materially from upper floors.
This will create a banding of adequate height that visually reconnects the building to adjacent blocks, reclaiming alignments and alluding to the characteristic airiness of the Genoese ground floor arcading. Simultaneously, a more appropriate dimensional relationship will be created with space in front of the building.
The entrance to the building plays a central role of mediation between the city and the residential accommodation. The repositioning of the stairs doubles the height of the space that creates a visual relationship between the first two levels of the building and emphasizes the community dimension of the social housing. The lobby thus transcends its role of distribution to become a space for everyone, for social interaction and shared activities.
The top floor terrace, from simple service area, becomes a belvedere: a space dedicated to sociability and shared living. The cornice of the building, surrounding the rooftop, is not merely a crowning element but rather an articulation that serves both as parapet and container for a series of vessels in which inhabitants can dedicate themselves to gardening while enjoying a panoramic view of the city and the sea.
The project envisages the realization of 34 lodgings distributed over seven floors, guaranteeing a variety of space arrangement types and the possibility of aggregations. The diversification of the accommodation meets a wide range of housing needs, including dwellings for young couples (40-60 sqm), small families (60-80 sqm), large families (90-120 sqm) and very large families (> 120 sqm).