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Gym in Massa Finalese by MIDE Architetti

Gym in Massa Finalese by MIDE Architetti

Gym in Massa Finalese by MIDE Architetti

ARCHITECT:

MIDE Architetti

YEAR:

2014

MIDE Architects tell us about the construction of this new gym, built after the collapse of the existing one following the 2013 earthquake that hit the Emilia Romagna region.

Palestra a Massa Finalese – MIDE Architetti – PH: Alessandra Bello

Can you tell us about the gym in Massa Finalese?

This building is the result of a competition we won in 2013 after the earthquake in Emilia Romagna. In this case it was a question of rebuilding a school gym that collapsed following the earthquake. This is also an example of how we tried to grasp the aspects that characterise the territory where the building was constructed. The project stands on the border between an existing school complex and the countryside, consequently, we decided to attribute to it the role of hinge between these two worlds.

Palestra a Massa Finalese – MIDE Architetti – PH: Alessandra Bello

The horizontal profile of the agricultural fields becomes part of the project thanks to a large glass opening of the playing field over the landscape, while in the lower part, a large patio brings the greenery inside the building which characterises the adjacent school area , thus giving light to the service and circulation areas. In the evening, the building becomes a sort of lantern visible from the countryside, thus taking on the symbolic function of reconstruction and hope following the disastrous events of the earthquake.

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