44_Temporary residence of Porta Palazzo | Fagnoni & associati

2015 Edition, Italy


Project title: Temporary residence of Porta Palazzo

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Pier Matteo Fagnoni per Fagnoni & Associati




City: Torino

Address: via Clemente Priocca 3, Torino



Designer or design team architects: Pier Matteo Fagnoni per Fagnoni & Associati, Gpa Ingegneria srl, Galliano Habitat


Plot Area: 740 sq.m.

Gross Area:1.750 sq.m.

Of which residential: 47 %
Public/communal areas: 15 %
Facilities for the public: 8 %
Business/trade: 29 %
Offices: 1 %

Number of residential units: 27
Typology of users: temporary residents
Total building costs Euros: 3.325.485,12 €
Building Cost = Total Bulding Cost / Gross Area: 1.900,3 €/sq.m.
Floor area ratio = Gross Area / Plot Area: 2,36
Work started on date: Wednesday, 7th September 2011
Work completion date:  Tuesday, 16th July 2013


Promoter: Città di Torino – Ufficio Pio della Compagnia di San Paolo – Onlus
Allotment rule: evaluation system of housing allocation on the basis of criteria: income, employment, social unrest.
Reduction cost percentage compared to the market value:
– assignment:  Not included
– rent: 40 %

Description of the project: 

The renovation of a degraded building into a new model of social housing in Turin represented a technical and social operation thanks to which not only the tenants but also the entire community takes benefits. The 2,200 sqm existing building of 4 floors and a basement of cellars was transformed in 27 housing units for singles and couples in addition to renovated commercial units and common spaces of relationship for the residents and the district.


Through building renovation was possible upgrading the entire urban context with the use of services and active relationships based on the care of public and private spaces. The project has dealt with the matter of space, different types and ways of living in relation to user needs oriented to flexible and modular solutions, with attention to the adoption of innovative technologies with sustainable and socially valid solutions, respecting the economic, organizational and functional layout imposed by the client.


From a functional point of view, maintaining the front in the Republic Square and the required destinations forced to locate on the ground floor commercial spaces on the upper floors all the apartments with one or two rooms accessible from the balconies. In the basement are placed community areas in relation to residence – multipurpose room, laundry, storage rooms, equipment rooms. The shape of the “manichetta” – the 3floor part of the building in the backyard- was a hallmark into the cityscape so much that was decided to recover the volume and previous destinations, with the intention to communicate to the district with transparency and integration.


Elements that oriented technological choices were: the reduction of energy consumption (low heat dissipation of the housing, use of renewable energy sources); the introduction of equipment able of producing energy (thermal energy through solar panels, electrical energy through photovoltaic); the choice of materials produced with the minimum expenditure of energy (recycled and coming from close areas) and that would allow the disposal in easy and sustainable way.


We tried to achieve a good level of environmental compatibility, pursuing, with the use technological components,  both environmental and consequently Social Sustainability.