Stefano Boeri Architetti | NEW REFECTORY FOR AMATRICE
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“A square. A place where to eat, certainly. But also to meet each other, to play, to stay together, in a multifunctional covered space, with an enormous glass wall looking the mountain”.

The new food area is called “Amate Amatrice” (Love Amatrice) and is a symbol of renaissance of the city damaged by the earthquake. The projects is going to arise thanks to the fundraising organized right after the disaster, by Corriere della Sera and TG La7 – Italian powerful communication channels. Under such circumstances the project appeared challenging and restrictive – few weeks for development, very short construction time and low budget, most of the expenses carried are the costs of materials. Moreover – the temporary destination of the buildings – restoration is to be easily switched to the other functions later on, once the town is rebuilt and needs other facilities.
The first to be realized is a school refectory, then the whole food court will be built around the open courtyard. But though the project is about feeding it’s not only about food – it’s a place for human interaction and a gesture of support to the neighbours.


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Stefano Boeri Architetti
Amatrice, Italy
Architectural design