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2005 – Napoli / Bagnoli, Parco dello Sport

2005 – Napoli / Bagnoli, Parco dello Sport

In thinking about a reorganization of the Neapolitan area of Coroglio, Bagnoli Futura entrusts the project of reconfiguration of an area of 35 hectares of elongated shape under the hill of Posillippo having first provided for the safety of the rocky ridge and the reclamation of land. The request is for a sports center – soccer fields, tennis, basketball, volleyball, archery; athletic tracks, skating, roller-blade skate etc.. – leaving a large green area to the west to be managed by the botanical garden. In addition, the functional program is completed by an equipped area for camping, an alternative to the hotels to be built in the area of the former Italsider, and a pedestrian and bicycle path.

Started in 2007, the works are currently in progress with partial changes to the original project due mainly to the drafting of the executive by the contractor that, in partially modifying the design idea, has forced corrections during the work with consequent management difficulties. In probing the significant environmental, landscape, historical peculiarities of the surrounding territory – Phlegraean Fields and Posilippo – the intervention presupposes a support strategy “for the qualitative improvement of the whole area of reference and of its specific parts becoming a tool to address actions towards sustainable transformations” in which are guaranteed balance of the ecosystem, biodiversity in one with management and maintenance aspects of the work. As a result of a process verified in the comparison of several disciplines – planning, architecture, botany, landscaping, etc. – the design is characterized by the presence of three large craters.

Closable independently one from the other there are placed the different sport areas with the one towards the sea solved also with a wet area destined in winter to become an ice skating rink protected by a tensile structure. In shaping the morphology of the ground by wrinkling and camouflaging it, they become factors of landscape innovation. They mediate the delicate passage between the hill of Posillipo and the urban area that expands towards the coastline. Avoiding striking gestures, they wedge themselves into the folds of the ground, expressing almost natural tectonic events.

The architecture thus renounces to an excessive formal expression, becoming a generator of new relationships and a comment of resonance to the place with which it dialogues through settlement strategies, also expressed through a dense network of routes of equipped spaces, which stimulate integration mechanisms.