“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 square to relaunch the local food economy, part of the project “Amate Amatrice” (Love Amatrice) is a symbol of the renaissance of the town hit by the earthquake in 2016.
The first to be realized was the school refectory, designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, opened in December 2016.
The construction of the entire area started on November 18th, 2016, in the middle of the seismic emergency. The completed square with the refectory and eight restaurants opened on July 29th, 2017, in the presence of citizens, restaurateurs and authorities.
The new square of Taste, Tradition and Solidarity of Amatrice, designed 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”, which raised an amount of over €8 million, €5 millions allocated to the construction of the Food Area.
The delivery of the entire facility is a tangible proof of the reconstruction, thanks to the operational contribution of Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, Innova FVG and Filiera del Legno FVG. This important challenge kept the entire staff of Stefano Boeri Architetti busy in an innovative project made entirely of wood, built very quickly in order to contribute to overcoming a dramatic emergency.
The square, with the refectory and the restaurants looking onto the Monti della Laga mountain range, occupies 8, 500 sqm.
It is a set of structures built with wooden prefabricated modular elements: fir-tree for the main structure and larch for buffering modules.