Tianjin (China). Tianjin Italian Village, Caputo partnership. 2005

Paolo Caputo,


Cultural Center, Offices, Skyscraper,

The large Tianjin Italian Village, an architectural-urban complex covering an area of 23,000 square metres and representing the Italian style system in China, was designed by Caputo Partnership, Italian as well. Building work, which will begin in 2006, is due to be completed in just 2 years, in time for the 2008 Peking Olympics.

Tianjin (China). Tianjin Italian Village, Caputo partnership. 2005 With the precise intention of creating a close dialogue with these buildings, Caputo's project will be prevailingly horizontal, in spite of the 150 metre high, 34-storey skyscraper. The centrepiece of the complex, in fact, will be the shopping gallery linking the two main sections by means of a "walkway" on top of which large tanks and terraces will enliven the shops and showrooms looking out onto them.
There will also be a 250-seat auditorium, leisure facilities and a headquarters for Italian institutions.
The programme is also supported by the Ministries for Foreign Affairs and Production Activities, the Milan Polytechnic Foundation and the Triennale Foundation, and benefits from the financial involvement of the Chamber of Commerce of Milan and Sistema Moda Italia.

Similarly to other projects by studio Caputo, special attention has been paid to the morphological layout of the complex and the progressive transition from an urban landscape to that of individual buildings.

Laura Della Badia


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