New Headquarters Perugia District


Architectural project and urban plan:  Giovanni Vaccarini, Paolo Belardi, Simone Bori, SAB (Stefano Adriani, Pierpaolo Papi, Barbara Bottausci), PROGER (Umberto Sgambati)

Chronology:    project: 2007

Staff:  Marco Armeni, Barbara Bottausci, Francesca Di Giannantonio, Le Fucine Art & Media, Luca Martini, Attilio Mauri, Stefania Palanca, Francesco Piselli, BDO-3.0 (Fabio Baldoni, Luca Cesaretti, Andrea Quadrati)

Client:  Perugia district

Location:  Perugia


The area of intervention, though presenting a fragmented fabric building texture, is a no crossing fence  which prevents both  east-western pedestrian links (between the equipped area of Via Pigafetta and the terminal of the Minimetrò) and the north-southern pedestrian connections (between the sporting area of  Pian di Massiano and the residential quarters of Madonna Alta-Cortonese), invalidating any hypothesis of morphological mending around. 


The building programme prefigured by the programme, if uniformly distributed on the area in accordance with the required existing regulations, tends to occupy it almost completely, deleting the geographical memory, prejudicing the pedestrian permeability and ignoring the urban planning potentiality. 

The project, resuming the thought of Ebenezer Howard, proposes the reconciliation between the two opposed magnets of the city and the countryside, setting a third magnet, which  sums in itself  the advantages of both (the vitality of the urban habitat and the health of the natural one): a city- garden of the third millennium in which the reasons of ecology will accord to the reasons of anthropology. In the sign of environmental sustainability.



The first idea of the project is to connect the slopes of Monte Morcino with the arti?cial hill of Piazza Umbria Jazz by a roof park which, cutting the area in west-east direction, collects and distributes pedestrian flows both from public transport (surface metro, minimetro, buses and bus Travel) and by private means of transport (floor parking  and multiple floors parking). 

The second idea of the project is to connect the  sporting area, Pian di Massiano, with the area of Via Cortonese by an equipped axis that, cutting the area in north-south direction, orders the  directional and commercial activities, margining them with two institutional poles like library Augusta and the building of the province of Perugia, that compare themselves respectively with the thin character of the country and with the intensive character of the city. 

The third idea of the project is to concentrate part of the volume in a directional tower that, by confirming the future vocation  of Pian di Massiano, solves relationship between the roof-park and the axis with a landmark, designed to ensure a strong recognition to a urban component otherwise deprived of an autonomous figurative identity.