Giving a second chance to a building is, for sure, an actual topic.
The aim is to avoid new concreting, focusing instead on the existing
construction, reclassifying it and bringing it to a new life.
The redevelopment of the actual building for commercial, residential
and directional use, can be summarized in "urban regeneration",
because it represents the chance to face some typical problems of
settlement textures that need to be recovered.
The goal it to redevelop the front of the existing buildings in a
well-coordinated way with the design of the new buildings, obtaining a
balanced and unique style of urban quality, destined to resonate
itself and to bring redevelopment and regeneration to the surrounding
housing area, with the realization of a sort of continuum of
covered/uncovered pedestrian crossovers equipped with the connection
green areas, also with ecological function, between the town main
street and a high-density quarter.
So a portico is inserted at the ground floor, with a facade above on
the existing building, placed on two points for giving more free space
to the inhabitants. The presence of this structurally "suspended"
facade implicates the substitution of all the glass windows of the
ground floor. So they need to be inserted sequentially all along the
shop, and they permit the presence of an iron structure between a
window/door and another.
The facade will be in polycarbonate, a material chosen for its
lightness and transparency, and will be sustained by a galvanized
steel structured going through the North and West sides, and will
permit also an energy redevelopment of the building, behaving as a
element that is really strong from the architectural point of view and
that is able to protect the fronts and the inner spaces of the
building from the direct sunrays, avoiding the summer overheating.