Stefano Boeri Architetti | THE NEW FOOD AREA OF AMATRICE
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“A square. A place where to eat local food specialities, by all means. But also a place to meet up, to play and to stay together, in a multifunctional covered space, with an enormous glass wall with a view of the mountains”.

The new food area is called “Amate Amatrice” (Love Amatrice) and it is a symbol of the renaissance of the town hit by the earthquake. The project by Stefano Boeri Architetti has been carried out thanks to the fundraising organized right in the aftermath, by Corriere della Sera and TG La7 – two of the most important Italian communication channels – “Un aiuto subito. Terremoto Centro Italia 6.0”, with Banca Prossima and the TIM “With You We Do” crowdfunding, which raised an amount to over €8 million, €5 millions allocated to the construction of the Food Area.

The first to be realized was the school refectory, designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, opened in dicember 2016. On saturady July 29th, in the presence of autorities and the citizens, opens the entire Food Area. It is the first complex, part of the project “Amate Amatrice” to be entirely built and delivered to the citizens.

The delivery of the facility, is a tangible proof of the solidariety and it is an authentic turning point for Amatrice. The new Food Area with the refectory and 8 restaurants will give work to 100 citizens of Amatrice region. It will attract tourists from allover the world and it will represent a restart for the community, to recover iots identity and relaunch the local economy.

The entire architecture occupies 2.500 mq. It is a set of structures built with wooden prefabricated modular elements: from fir tree for the main structure and from larch.
The material and the operational contribution came from the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Innova FVG, Filiera del Legno FVG and Domus Gaia.

The central area of the square, with greenery, banches and lighting, hosts the urban installation Radura designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti. Radura, enclosed in a woody circle of 350 cylindrical columns, is a peculiar “artificial forest” where find the contact with nature. Radura is also a sound experience thanks to sound track composed by Ferdinando Arnò.

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Stefano Boeri Architetti
Amatrice, Italy
Municipality of Amatrice
Public space
Concept design, final design, art direction