La Maddalena, Italy
2008 - 2009
Department of Civil Protection and the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, Italian Ministry of the Interior
Project area: 155,000 sqm; Arsenale Residence: 13400 m2
Consulenti Maddalena De Ferrari e Andrea Balestrero - Gruppo A12 (arredo urbano), Emanuela Borio & Laura Gatti (paesaggio), Liverani/Molteni Architetti (architetti responsabili del Catering Building) Imagini © Paolo Rosselli, Iwan Baan, Armin Linke, Antonio Ottomanelli/LUZ photo
Disegni (asson.) Salottobuono
Stefano Boeri (Founding partner), Michele Brunello (Project Coordination), Davor Popovic (Project leader), Barbara Cadeddu (Project leader), Marco Brega (Project Director), team: Javier Deferrari, Andrea Grippo, Andrea Barbierato, Daniele Barillari, Mario Bastianelli, Maurizio Burragato, Marco Dessì, Marco Giorgio, Costantina Verzì, Alessandro Agosti, Lorenza Baroncelli, Stefano Baseggio, Kristina Drapic, Moataz Faissal Farid, Stefano Onnis, Corrado Longa, Fabrizio Piras, Davide Rapp, Sebastian Russi, Walter Dejana
The Arsenale Residence is a hotel complex of 13,400 square metres, built on the site of the former military arsenal warehouses and has 100 rooms with sea views as well as a Spa, a Wellness centre, a large outdoor pool, a restaurant and a conference room. Divided into five distinct volumes, interspersed with open spaces, the structure features external cladding in local stone. The complex has been designed as a well served location accessible not only by tourists and hotel guests but also town residents and workers at the port.
The site was open for a mere 18 months from 2008 to 2009, due partly to serious political pressure on account of the need to make up the time lost due to the delay in the designation of the G8 location, partly due to the great expectations and collaboration of the island’s inhabitants and partly thanks to the tremendous dedication on the part of the architects, engineers and contractors involved in the operation.
In 2009, following the earthquake in L’Aquila, the G8 headquarters were moved to the area hit by the earthquake, causing the La Maddalena complex to fall into a state of neglect and subject to degradation, vandalism and arson attacks. Today, thanks to ownership of the area being returned to the Sardinia Region and funds made available by the government for the renovation of the abandoned buildings, the project could be reveived to enjoy a new existence.