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House of Music

Geza Gri e Zucchi Associati

Europa | Cervignano del Friuli

A former bus depot in Cervignano in Italy’s Friuli region has been ingeniously transformed into a “House of Music”. Commissioned by the town council, the project by Gri e Zucchi Associati turned the original square plan shed with peaked roof into a cultural and performance centre. The extensive renovation and conversion job was nonetheless conducted to ensure any additions juxtaposed effortlessly with existing structures, materials and shapes. The original surface area and ground plan were retained, as were the brick pillars on the perimeter, some internal columns and parts of the outer unrendered brick wall, especially the windowless south façade. The new elements fit into the pre-existing structure creating a new architecture with new spatial possibilities. The peaked roof was raised to allow the addition of an upper level. The pitch was slightly increased and the roof re-laid with...

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