The area and industrial buildings of the Manifattura Monopolio dei Tabacchi in north Bologna, designed by Italian engineer and architect Pier Luigi Nervi were the feature of an international design competition won by the German architecture firm gmp.
The competition involved the restoration of buildings, considered monuments of Italian architecture of the 1940â??s, expansion of buildings with new constructions and transformation of the area into a modern Technopole connected to the university and with joint services.
The GMP project involves a design of long axis buildings, which like the sails of a windmill; stretch out from the new central square situated near the old thermal power station. The ancient masses restored or reinstated in the original lines of the project by Nervi, will be particularly suited to the latest needs in terms of energy saving and earthquake-proof structures. The architects have paid great attention to the chromatic research of the new buildings, preserving the original colours of the old buildings and over everything the red chimney bricks of the old thermal power station really stand out.
Project: gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner (Volkwin Marg + Robert Friedrichs)
Location: Bologna, Italy
Images courtesy of gmp © Gärtner & Christ, © gmp