H.C.Andersen Architecture Prize 1999, Accademia Nazionale di San Luca
In the frame of a master-plan for the renewal of Cervia’s waterfront, the project converts the monumental complex of the former Varese social sea-bath establishment into EU City European didactic center. If the fascist regime intended the former ‘colonia’ as the heliotherapeutic marine resort for generations of ‘Little Italians’, EU City stands as the citadel of European democracies, where students from any part of the continent can sojourn for seminars and workshops. EU City is the place for exchange and reciprocal knowledge among young Europeans, contributing to the formation of a transnational conscience in a world that overcomes national boundaries. Along the heavily urbanized coastline of the Riviera, the complex’ park represents the last residual gateway leading from the sea to the pine forest across the wild dunes strip. The old ‘Novecento’ visionary edifice, in the form of an airplane landed on the sand, rises amid the fragile beauty of this natural environment. The new building is bent in a wide exedra containing a plaza at the terminal of the major urban axis parallel to the coast. Where new and old touch, environment and urban grid meet and the composition shatters in a reinvention that blurs roles in-between construction and landscape.
location: Milano Marittima, Cervia (RA)
floor area: 23,165 sqm (new construction 14,813 sqm, conversion 8,352 sqm conversion)
design: Roberto Pasini