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    • Masterplan SANI

      This international design competition addressed the conversion of the former Sani Barracks site in Bologna into a mix of public and private open spaces and primarily residential buildings.

      The former Sani Barracks is a decommissioned military complex situated in the Navile neighbourhood, north of the historic center of Bologna. The barracks once produced foodstuffs for the army and after the Second World War served principally as a storage depot. The object of the competition is a comprehensive Masterplan providing proposals for the successive phase of operational planning. In detail, the objective is to identify a design proposal that respects the content of the listed heritage,  the complex planning legislation and to define an urban structure for the renewal of the site. 

      In contrast with the existing situation, XDGA’s proposal is to organize the entire new building program in the form of a square inside the former enclave. This simple gesture brings a new order to the buildings configuration and allows for an intense coexistence between the old and the new. The square marks a clear separation between the central public space that it surrounds and a series of collective and private spaces situated towards the outskirts of the site. The square becomes a center for a larger public area, contains all commercial and public functions and is connected with the surroundings through a set of spatial links. The new buildings have three different heights; ranging from two storey high buildings, buildings that have the same height as the existing buildings and one tower that function as a landmark to the surrounding environment.

      This international design competition addressed the conversion of the former Sani Barracks site in Bologna into a mix of public and private open spaces and primarily residential buildings. The former Sani Barracks is a decommissioned …

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    • 2017225 Masterplan SANI

      Competition,

      CityBologna

      ProgramMasterplan

      Year2017

      ProcedureCompetition

      ClientCDP Investment

      Total floor area70 000 m2

      ArchitectsXDGA

      LandscapeXDGA

      Structural engineerMATE engineering

      ModelXDGA

      PhotographsMaxime Delvaux

      ConsultantRestoration ZAA