The architectural elaboration of four of the blocks defined by the masterplan makes it possible, due to the individual positioning of the elements, to create a variegated architectural scenery that pays attention to the conditions of the margins of the plot, the building plan and the orientation with respect to the path of the sun. Tall and low buildings form a varied silhouette along the street, with shared gardens of high environmental quality behind the street front.
In the northern part of the project area the building bodies become freer with respect to the street margin, opening for connections between the tree-planted courts and the larger green areas of the park, in a kind of architectural “glissando” between the more compact urban tissue to the south and the park landscape to the north.
The irregular development of the buildings towards the interior of the block, the different heights of the elements, the large terraces facing the courts and the loggias that give the facades to the street rhythm contribute to create a comfortable and varied urban environment which echoes, in an abstract form, the scale and spaces of historical Bologna visible in the background of the new park.
The integration between the public and the private dimension is achieved through an attentive design of the distributive characters of the different floors; the arrangement of the stairs and elevators allows maximum flexibility in the subdivision of the dwellings which may change over time along with personal and family needs.
Inspired by the example of the tissue of the antique city, a few simple architectural elements have been combined in new ways in an ever-changing web: large spans covered by plasterwork in a warm grey shade of varying intensity and saturation, bricks in various terracotta nuances, panels in aluminium electro-coloured in grey green or grey-blue hues, parapets in frosted glass and steel, which acts as “continuous basso” to the architectural accents that mark the different places of the new project. Countering the progressive “suburbanization” of the territory, to restore a high quality of life in the city means to preserve its vitality and social and environmental richness, a pivotal element that plays an indispensable role in the Italian landscape.