Piazza Lorenzo Berzieri

Piazza Lorenzo Berzieri

Architect
Emilio Faroldi Associati
Location
Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy | View Map
Project Year
2010
Category
Parks/Gardens

Cities

Promenades
Marco Buzzoni

Reclamation, functional restoration, redesign and urban reorganisation in Salsomaggiore Terme

Emilio Faroldi Associati as Architects

The project for the functional restoration, redesigning and urban reorganisation of Piazza Lorenzo Berzieri and of its perimeter footpaths, is based on the need gradually to redefine the spatial identity of previously run–down city areas and to enhance the uniqueness of the Terme Berzieri building, a masterpiece of Italian Liberty, that exerts an iconic presence on the urban fabric. The historic image of Piazza Berzieri is enhanced by integrating the existing fabric into the design, overlaying and redrawing those lines that are part of the history of the city, through the enhancing of two integrated elements: the “Piazza” and the “promenade”. The piazza is made up of areas that highlight different usages of the open space: a symmetrically shaped parvis/portico that restores an identity to the central space of the entire area, steps positioned in front of the entrance to the establishment that connect it to the old town centre, and finally a fountain that proclaims the vocation of the spa town of Salsomaggiore Terme, and portrays the very essence of its most significant building. The promenade that connects the piazza to the principal parks of the town and that passes along the east side of the Berzieri spa, features elements that mark out the route: along the walk there are green parterres, whose designs follow the outlines and the geometry of the establishment itself. The reorganisation of the open spaces, through the creation of new traffic-free areas, focuses attention on the tourist or the resident, in such a way as to give space and environmental quality back to the people and to their relationship with the monument. The furnishings, the pavement, the green open spaces, and the lighting transform what had previously been a road into an area set aside for pedestrians and authorised vehicles. The design involved a careful choice of the materials to be used in the space: in particular those that differentiate the “piazza” itself and the remaining paved area of the “promenade”, by the use of different forms of paving. The design purposely matches the existing prestigious elements, through the use of complementary colours and materials, displaying its contemporary nature while at the same time respecting the historic characteristics of the location. A succession of citations and references give life to a bold fusion of form and functional decor in harmony with the richness and majesty of the existing structures, accentuated and enhanced by the minimalist and essential character of the proposed works, totally in keeping with their history and dynamics.

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