The large urban park, surrounding the central nucleus of the buildings, covers an area of 32,000 square metres immediately adjacent to the town, and connected to the centre by means of an overpass. This green lung will be open not only to the users of the centre, but to the whole town.
The building of the complex is an important strategic redevelopment project, providing a venue for cultural and leisure events, a link between the town centre and the outskirts, as well as helping to solve traffic and parking problems.
Here too, Renzo Piano's intention was to regenerate an abandoned area, convinced that by converting, recovering and putting up new buildings it is possible to make the outlying areas of towns more attractive and functional, because ideal towns are those where people sleep, work, enjoy themselves and shop.
It is the ability to mix these functions, and reciprocally integrate them, that makes towns able to serve their citizens in a truly productive context.
Laura Della Badia