Ex Montezemolo Barracks

Place Cuneo
Country Italy
Client Comune di Cuneo
Team Politecnica Ingegneria ed Architettura Soc. Coop. with Paisà Architettura del Paesaggio Stignani Associati S.r.l.
Assignment Technical and economic feasibility project, definitive and detailed design phases for architecture, structures, MEP, health and safety coordination in the design and construction phases, site supervision
Dates of services 2020
Project area 32.600 m2

The Project

The project covers a total area of 32,600 square metres, to create a hub dedicated to the discovery of the city’s historical and tourist offer, an area equipped for events and shows, a multipurpose lawn, a pump track and two different utility points. An accessible and well-organised space that can host the city’s cultural and social initiatives, extremely versatile both as a crossing point and as an extension of the park or as a venue for events.

The intervention, together with Parri Park, represents one of the most important post-war urban planning works for the city of Cuneo, an action to rebalance the strong development in the historic centre, which is now beginning to affect the other neighboring areas.

The design focuses mainly on 740 square metres building, which will be enlarged by a further 586 square metres, including the construction of a ten-metre high photovoltaic shelter, making the structure “almost zero” impact, and the installation of a large information LED wall presenting all the activities planned and carried out by the Municipality.

The plan focuses on soft mobility, without parking spaces, in favour of cycle and pedestrian paths that can always be crossed and that will be directly integrated with those of the park.

In the large central open-air area, equipped to host events (“l’Ettaro”), the vegetation will be enhanced and a natural paving will be developed to drain and filter rainwater while assuring absolute stability and safety. This project was carried out with participatory urban planning criteria, involving neighbourhoods and schools.