In the Monte Amiata hills, near Grosseto, ENEL (Ente Pubblico Italiano dell’Energia Elettrica – publicly owned Italian electricity company) appointed Boeri Studio to design and build a large geothermal power station with less possible visual impact on the environment. So instead of hiding or concealing the plant behind camouflage or disguise, we decided to transform it into a landmark, giving back to it architectural dignity and enhancing its grandeur in the Tuscan landscape. The new power station consists – additional to two turbine halls and a cooling tower – of a system of self-supporting and hanging above the plant building steel ribs of various lengths and two large steel panels to protect the short sides of the cooling tower control centre. This large hanging structure creates a close relation between the two plants, thus making the overall enclave a complete figure interacting with the surrounding wild landscape of Monte Amiata.
GEOTHERMAL POWER STATION ENEL BAGNORE 3
Boeri Studio (Boeri, Barreca, La Varra)
SANTAFIORE DI GROSSETO, ITALY