The neighbourhood of San Berillo in Catania, Sicilly has always had a negative reputation. An ample demolition took place here in 1958, after brothels were banned, leaving 30.000 people displaced or homeless – an action linked to Vatican’s Societá Generale Immobiliare. The problems amplified and continue to exist this day. The public administration wishes to solve the urban degeneration of this area of Catania by implementing architect Mario Cucinella‘s rehabilitation master plan proposal. The main aim of this project is to connect the city center to the Ionian Sea coast, with the help of a large pedestrian boulevard. The urban void was redefined by tracing a new east-west axis and connecting the street grid. All of the existing fabric, functions and transport routes were taken into consideration – for example, taking the underground metro line as a design articulation. The architectural concept is based on a tectonic geometry realized with four intertwining plates accessible by ramps or stairs, pierced with interior green courtyards, which form loggias and terraces. The result is a 3D urban square inspired the gardens of Babylon.
San Berillo街区一直享有负面声誉。 1958年，在禁止妓院之后，这里发生了大规模的拆迁，造成3万名流离失所或无家可归的人。问题加剧，并在今天继续存在。公共行政部门希望通过实施建筑师Mario Cucinella的复兴总体规划提案来解决这一地区的城市退化问题。该项目的主要目的是在大型步行街的帮助下，将市中心连接至爱奥尼亚海沿岸。通过追踪新的东西轴并连接街道网格，重新定义了城市空域。考虑了所有现有的结构，功能和运输路线。例如，将地下地铁线路作为设计思路。建筑概念基于构造几何学，通过四个相互交错的板块实现，这些板块可通过坡道或楼梯进入，并穿入内部绿色庭院，形成凉廊和露台。形成一个3D城市广场启发的巴比伦花园。
The two main functions of this mixed-use project are residential and shopping. The apartment buildings work as a buffer to the existing residential area, while the main 3D structure of the ‘square’ holds shopping and leisure facilities. The shopping area is an attractive urban mall which offers an alternative to the problematic suburban shopping centers – which tend to look like concrete boxes and are placed in unfortunate places. The horizontal layout of the project ends with a hotel, as a tall urban landmark, overlooking the urban squares and pedestrian boulevard, as well as the city skyline and sea coast. Cucinella’s 240.000 sqm project was designed according to the scale of the urban fabric, following sustainable principles. The intervention aims to return the public space to its citizen. The process of urban regeneration is complex and tackles sensitive social and economical problems of the local community. With the attractive public areas and functions this project offers, the investors hope to revitalize the neighborhood of San Berillo and to create a place where people feel safe and respected.
这个混合用途项目的两个主要功能是住宅和购物。公寓楼是现有住宅区的缓冲区，而“广场”的主要3D结构则具有购物和休闲设施。购物区是一个引人入胜的城市购物中心，它有问题的郊区购物中心的替代方案，后者看起来像混凝土盒子，被放置在不佳的区域。该项目的水平布局以一家酒店作为城市的建筑地标作为结尾，俯瞰着城市广场和步行林荫大道以及城市天际线和沿海地区。 Cucinella的240.000平方米项目是根据城市结构的规模设计的，遵循的是可持续发展的原则。项目旨在将公共空间归还给其公民。城市更新的过程非常复杂，并解决了当地社区敏感的社会和经济问题。借助此项目提供的有吸引力的公共区域和功能，投资者希望使San Berillo社区焕发活力，并创造一个让人感到安全和受到尊重的地方。
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