Status: Delivered

Program: Urban development of Piazza Transalpina/ TRG Evrope and Design of the EPICenter

Budget: N/A

Client: Municipality of Gorizia, Municipality of Nova Gorica

Location: Gorizia-Nova Gorica

Design: 2020

Team: Chiara Manca, Elisabetta Paglia, Maurizio Scarciglia

The Masterplan. GO Circular!

The Gorizia-Nova Gorica urban region shows a healthy demographic trend, with a discrete supply of services and a high quality of life. Economically characterized by industry and agriculture, Gorizia-Nova Gorica would benefit of an improved infrastructural cross-border connection, through the reactivation of the Transalpina Station, desirable in the near future to boost its role of European cross-border tourism destination.

We believe that Gorizia-Nova Gorica should preserve this suburban identity, yet aim at the development of functionally complementary centres. The project area would become the new central cluster for the definition of a new stronger urban region, capable of competing on the international market, yet clearly stating a circular vocation. The current climate crisis asks for re-thinking the cities’ future, for this reason, we base the whole master plan on completing the local existing potential. We propose to start the development by defining a light infrastructure for pedestrians and bikes, enabling all residents to move freely between the cities. The layout of this new regional route becomes the spine of the new green and blue strategy.

The plot towards Nova Gorica is completed, creating a clear urban front of new housing and mixed-use buildings which will allow testing different housing types for different family patterns. The public plinth offers continuous commercial spaces to create an active 24/7 urban front. Nova Gorica’s side continues with an elongated park that follows the railway lines, offering agriculture as well as public activities and sports.

Likewise, the Gorizia side is developed longitudinally through the “Makers Campus”. To the south, the park ends with the new EPICenter square and building landmark. We propose to locate the pedestrian and bikes bridge in the area over the railway as this is the densest functional cluster. At the south masterplan, Nova Gorica presents an irregular pattern of private residential allotments. We complete it with clear circular clusters, while the Gorizia side is re-ordered through a patchwork of rural fields, preserving the existing heritage.

Stazione Transalpina square and EPICenter. A vertical landscape

Located at the end of the Makers Park, the square is an extension of the park itself. By spreading the mass horizontally we respect the vertical monumentality of the station, saving its central view from via G. Caprin. By doing so, we define a building composed of light surfaces softly curved to shape a catenary roof. This roof hosts the actual new square: an elevated plateau from which a beautiful view over the borderline will allow an unimpeded perception of the unified cities while offering a protected cosy stage for every possible social happening. A temporary tent fixed to the short sides of the building and on top of the tower (supported by a tensile steel cables structure), will offer shadow in the hot seasons.

In section, the building is characterized by four levels. The underground hosts temporary and permanent exhibition spaces. This floor hosts a simple parking garage that offers easy logistic for the exhibition space.  The square is freed from any car, limiting vehicular accessibility only from the west kiss and ride area and defining a clear pedestrian gallery on lever zero, open 24/7. Emergency exits, ramps and stairs are accurately distributed to preserve all historical trees on the site. The elevated podium’s clear separation makes it easy to achieve an independent operation of social activities. On top, the roof landscape is reachable by means of slow stairs and a long ramp that, starting in the park, allows everybody to reach the upper square even when all amenities are closed.

The tower becomes a landmark, as well as the tool to look over the new unified centre. Besides choosing a traditional structural type, typical of sports halls, with a clear construction process, we chose very few finishing materials, such as concrete and locally supplied wood, aiming at strengthening circularity principles and budget control. The circulation system becomes pivotal for the distribution of the volumes, dissolving the building into a vertical landscape, open to all citizens and symbolic of democracy and European values of solidarity and cooperation.



International competition.


Program: Agriculture, tourism and cooking school.

Total floor area: 5000 sqm.

Budget: € 11,4 M.

Client: Municipality.

Location: Ariano Irpino, Italy.

Design: 2017

The project proposal starts from an accurate site analysis, paying attention to the local topographic condition. The school program is assembled concentrating all public and collective activities on the lower levels, shaping a staple of public squares that connects 24/7 the lower street to the upper square. The social inclusion of the community in the educational program wills to reinforce the entrepreneurial vocation of the school, transforming all pedagogic programs into tourism and commercial opportunities to activate the local economy, while maximizing the social value of the building and the fluid system of public spaces.


Competition proposal

Program: Renovation of an existing secondary school

Total Museum area: 2000 sqm

Budget: 2,6 ml €

Client: Municipality of Torino

Location: Torino, Italy

Design: 2017


The project wills to create an exciting creative and communal educational.The access, designed as plastic and iconic object, touches the original facade respecting its volumes and openings. The entrance object is shaped into a light staircase, a climbing ramp, a seating and a roof deck, integrating into its structure the lighting system and the new school signage.

The classrooms are defined as spaces for traditional teaching, in which the furniture elements change the perception and use of spaces, while the workshops, rest areas and circulation are shaped as multifunctional spaces, becoming meeting points between the different classrooms and the community. The proposed layout consolidates all the functions destined to extracurricular activities, offering the left spaces to the neighborhood.

The spaces are organized to give priority to the collective spaces, where all students and users of the building are free to express themselves during the learning process.

As a gaming system, with respect to the spaces and internal volumes, it is proposed to insert an internal wayfinding signage system, which visibly connects the exterior of the building with the multiplicity of its interior spaces, simplifying the circulation, driving efficiently the students’ daily flows and occasional community flows.


International Competition


Program: Masterplan for the requalification of the historical center of Taranto

Total floor area: 15 ha

Budget: N/A

Client: Comune di Taranto, Invitalia

Location: Taranto, Italy

Design: 2017

Team: Alvisikirimoto, NAUTA architecture & research, Deltastudio, Milan Ingegneria;

consultants: Antonio Calafati (urban regeneration and business development), Christian Iaione (sharing economy, public and urban policy), Francesca Franceschinelli (comunication and culture), Petra Blaise, Jana Crepon (landscape), Enrico Moretti (sustainable mobility), Giuseppina Caroppo (curatorial and art consultant), Cecilia d’ Ercole (archeology), Eloisa Susanna (energy), Costanza La Mantia (participated process), Cristina Alga (community engagement), Luigi Corvo (social and ecology economy, value chain).


The island separates the center of the urban life from the area in the north, where the metallurgic factory and the Tamburi district are considered the most problematic for pollution and poor social conditions. For this reason the center has the potential to inject new life on a systemic level in the city. The project is articulated with material and immaterial interventions, with the goal of bringing the island back to a functional and effective performance.

The Basic infrastructural strategy has the goal of making the general infrastructure efficient and modern. His intervention should help the island to get rid of the traffic, coming from its role of connection/crossing. The general decongestion would help as well to re-educate the inhabitants to use new maximized public transport, new alternative transportation (via water) and pedestrian bike circulation. The diffused re-qualifying strategy is partially developed simultaneously to the first one. It includes the punctual restoration of the existing building heritage, the restoration of those structures with artistic and historical value, till the demolition and reconstruction of new parts. This strategy includes as well the improvement of the public spaces and circulation enclaves. The Performing infrastructural strategy focuses mostly on the waterfront and the interventions within the inner fabric (squares, terraces), which will duplicate the pedestrian and circulation apparatus of the island and will unable it to absorb a new cultural program for the long term. The new waterfront infrastructure is light and with a low environmental impact. This strategy wills to limit the physical intervention, leaving space to a rich future curatorial program of events and socio-economic scenarios. The socio-economic strategy is the most immaterial, yet the most important for the long term. Parallel to the precedent interventions, it defines the base for the future evolution of the island and its capability to welcome the new generations. A unique cultural program, developed by a pool of experts, will boost the image of Taranto among the list of the places to visit, contributing to combine micro and macro economy actions. These actions might help, on the long term, to transform the actual industrial paradigm of the city into a new service oriented one.


Il centro storico è il filtro tra la Taranto vissuta ed amata dai tarantini (quella del borgo ottocentesco) e quella più discussa dell’Ilva, del quartiere Tamburi, considerato da anni luogo di degrado ambientale e sociale. Il centro storico, come cuore fisico della città, deve tornare ad assumere il proprio ruolo di centro città. Le ragioni di questa perdita di leadership risiedono prevalentemente nel profondo handicap infrastrutturale del centro storico che ha reso l’isola incapace di evolversi con la città, con la sua economia e società. Come un corpo amputato, il centro storico necessita la sua protesi per tornare a correre al lato del resto della città ed a svolgerne il ruolo di cuore culturale ed economico. Per questo il progetto si materializza come processo dinamico, composto da strategie materiali e immateriali, che riportino a lungo termine il centro storico ad una performance adatta alla città contemporanea.

La strategia infrastrutturale di base ha l’obiettivo di rendere il centro storico capace di funzionare in maniera sufficientemente efficiente nell’immediato. Si porta l’isola ad eliminare il traffico dovuto all’infrastruttura insufficiente. Attraverso la fluidificazione dei flussi più aggressivi, si da il via a una nuova fase educativa degli abitanti locali, attraverso l’inserimento di potenziati mezzi pubblici, possibili vie di comunicazione alternative (per esempio via acqua), e la sensibilizzazione all’uso di mobilità pedonale e ciclabile. La strategia risanante diffusa inizia contemporaneamente alla prima fase. Essa comprende il puntuale risanamento della massa edilizia presente nel centro storico, secondo un suo attento cronoprogramma proporzionato allo stato conservativo dei manufatti. Dall’eliminazione di quelli pericolanti, alla ristrutturazione e restauro di quelli di pregio fino alle future nuova edificazione di aree liberate da inutile superfetazioni o edifici non recuperabili. Si includono inoltre gli interventi immediati di ripristino di spazi pubblici e viabilità interclusa che al momento inibiscono ogni possibilità di vivere la città in maniera funzionale. La strategia infrastrutturale performante s’incentra principalmente sul waterfront e sui macro interventi interni al centro storico (per esempio nelle piazze e sulle terrazze) che porteranno l’isola ad usufruire di una nuova infrastruttura efficiente, dal ridotto impatto ambientale, capace di permettere all’isola di accogliere un nuovo programma curatoriale a lungo termine. L’idea di un elemento lineare flessibile permette di pensare ad un’infrastruttura leggera, dal limitato impatto ambientale, dal ridotto budget di costruzione, facile realizzazione in fasi e dalla capacità di supporto al programma futuro. L’obiettivo è di ridurre al minimo l’intervento fisico per lasciare spazio al futuro sviluppo programmatico del programma culturale e socio-economico dell’isola. La strategia socio economica è la più immateriale ma più importante a lungo termine. Spalmata a cavallo delle precedenti fasi e nel futuro, essa getta le basi per un rinnovato funzionamento del centro storico, capace di ospitare le nuove generazioni di tarantini (e non), con nuove idee imprenditoriali. La ri-funzionalizzazione dell’isola permette, attraverso le attività aggiunte, di attrarre nuovi ed eterogenei gruppi sociali, capaci di aggiungersi all’importante strato esistente degli abitanti storici dell’isola. Un ricco programma curatoriale, sviluppato da un gruppo multidisciplinare di consulenti per la municipalità contribuirà a posizionare Taranto sulla lista dei posti in cui la nuova micro economia genera un nuovo paradigma urbano.


Competition proposal.
Program: Boutique Hotel, spa- wellness center, concierge, restaurant, conference room, event space.
Total floor area: 3000 sqm.
Budget: n/a.
Client: YAC.
Location: Siracusa, Italy.
Design: 2016


The competition asks to reflect on sustainable solutions to reintegrate the ‘Murro di Porco’ lighthouse and the surrounding existing structures with a new tourism complex, capable to offer to the Siracusa territory a new facility, suitable for its visitors’ trends.This lighthouse, as most of the others, lies in a territorial context of such high environmental value that it is not allowed to transform existing structures and landscape, reducing any possible intervention to make them functional. The new structure is shaped as a frame around the existing ruins. The intention is to limit the construction site to a ring that surrounds the lighthouse, defining a central portion of the landscape, new heart of the tourist complex. The landscape is left untouched, as natural and wild as it is. Structure and material techniques are very much connected to the local masonry tradition. The whole structure, a single floor high, is based on the most traditional local techniques; coated with plaster, the new building echoes the color palettes of local villages, with light nuances of natural colors. This reflections are the bases of our proposal. We focus on the preservation of the local experience of the site and its nature.The new hotel reduces to a minimum all logistic aspects, improving its overall sustainability and energy performance. This happens thanks to the unified roof that, free from public access, can seamlessly host photo-voltaic and solar heating, as well as rainwater storage system for grey water usage. Internal natural ventilation is provided through the building typology itself that offers cross ventilation to each internal function, both private and public.


International architecture competition
Palma, Thermal bath complex
Total floor area: 5000 sqm
Budget: 5900000 €
Location: La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain
Design: 2015

The project is planned in a particularly delicate landscape, south of La Palma island, in the Canary Islands archipelago.
The site, adjacent a stunning beach, imposes to think about a seamless and discrete intervention that does not compromise the view from the coast way.
The proposal envisages a volume that follows the natural contour lines of the volcanic landscape. This volume presents a continuous façade with a generous view to the sea, while its face towards the landscape operates an accurate carving of the ground in order to hide inside the land the most intimate functions. The functional layout is simple and linear. Wet and dry areas are accurately separated to facilitate maintenance and logistics, while optimizing costs and construction.
The project offers a sense of luxury and comfort in its interiors, while preserving a minimal impact on the delicate landscape.

设计时间: 2015
面积: 5000 平方米 (包含停车场)
状态: 进行中




Competition project
Program: Urban Design competition for the New Science City of Rome
Total floor area:  sqm.
Location: Roma, Italy.
Design: 2015.

Team: Maxwan Architects and Planners, Nauta architecture & research

Aim of the project is to transform the current introvert configuration of the area using its potential as new urban connector and capable to participate in the structure of the Flaminio district. Focus of the intervention is the addition of new public spaces and a vibrant new residential fabric.
Pivot aspect of project is the sustainability. The urban voids are in fact structured to facilitate the optimum passage of the winds and to favor the natural cooling of the neighborhood, using as well permeable soil both in public spaces and on the cover of the new buildings. This action promotes the absorption and reuse of rainwater.
Green roofs offer a natural insulation for buildings. Our proposal will incorporate the use of modern renewable energy. The new housing units will be optimized in orientation, favoring double or triple facing for maximum natural ventilation.
Not least, we consider the mix of typologies essential to ensure a commercial success for the masterplan, which can withstand the fluctuations of the market or the changes of social groups. The result offers a dynamic tissue of several residential buildings, commerce and hospitality, integrated with the new Science Centre. A system of squares and green spaces reconfigures the district as a new vibrant heart of Flaminio district, following the rich tradition of Italian urbanism in which squares and public spaces articulate a rich and dynamic urban structure.



Competition project
Program: Design competition for the New Science Centre Naples – Phase 1
Total floor area:  sqm
Location: Naples, Italy
Design : 2015


International design competition.
Urban planning and landscape design for the re-use of the Bussa overpass.
Program: Market, sport activities, open air cinema/theatre, exhibiton spaces, playground area, bikes parking.
Total floor area: 27.000 sqm.
Location: Milano, Italy.
Year: 2014.


Family villa.
Avetrana, Italy, 2013
Commissioned project.
Under development

This private villa in the landscape is the second chapter of our experimentation on the ‘arch’ archetype.
While in the first project we tested the arch bi-dimensionally, here we extrude it in one direction, creating a sequence of barrel domes. The concept is based on the free adaptation of these linear volumes, in order to react to the landscape. A courtyard, the garage entrance and a swimming pool intrude the volumes, erasing the separation between interior and exterior space.