2019 Competition Mehmet Altunbay, Claudia Gardinetti, Andrea Govi, Matteo Gullo, Gohar Harutyunyan, Jan Krupa, Antonio La Marca Atelier delle Verdure

The project of the new park allows to rediscover a different way to experience the open space and to use a peculiar part of the city. The exception of green, a unique element with respect to the built space, returns to be part of the urban fabric.

The architecture becomes a tool to protect the park and its special character, but also a way to inhabit it.

The park becomes a heterotopia, a particular and unique place, which follows different rhythms and times dictated by the agricultural character, and which creates a new way of being together and creating relationships. The most interesting aspect of agriculture today is found in its participatory dimension, a social event. The park becomes a way to relive that atmosphere in the contemporary context: it is a festival of open space, and the architecture serves to protect it and get in touch with it.

The project works on the limit with the outside. Tracing a limit is not only a separation, but also a way to connect two different spaces.

The etymology of the term comes from the Latin words ‘limen’ and ‘limes’. The first is the threshold, the second the path that surrounds a territory.

Architecture is not a rigid boundary, but indicates the line through which two domains touch each other (cum-finis). A permeable but controlled limit that can be written in the territory.

The wall becomes a new infrastructure capable of creating an osmosis between park and city.

The relationship and the dialogue between the two realities is mediated by new functions and activities that adapt to the context. The gate of Villa Viarnetto remains as historical memory of an old way of mediating access between urban fabric and open space. The limit of the new Park is created by public spaces and architecture that the city is called to cross.