Stefano Boeri Architetti with Laudato Si’, Slow Food
Promoters of the Program Agreement for the reconstruction of the complex:
Opera Nazionale per il Mezzogiorno d'Italia
Chiesa di Rieti
Municipality of Amatrice
Commissario straordinario ricostruzione sisma 2016
Ministero dei Beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo
Ministero dell'istruzione, dell'università e della ricerca
The House of the Future – Laudato Si’ Study Centre has been conceived in order to repurpose and refurbish the Don Minozzi complex in Amatrice in its role as a place for rebirth and innovation, providing space for a wide range of activities mostly dedicated to young people and focused on training and research.
The historic building, displayed in July 2019 in the presence of the Bishop of Rieti S.E. Domenico Pompili and Slow Food President Carlo Petrini, will be based around the key principle of Integral Ecology as expressed in Pope Francis’ encyclical and by which the project is inspired. The original building, designed by Arnaldo Foschini in the 1920s to house war orphans and which was partially destroyed and rendered uninhabitable by the 2016 earthquake, promotes the creation of places aimed at hospitality, research, training and the development of local resources linked to sustainability and agribusiness production. The structure, divided into four functional macro areas, will be a place offering accommodation and training open to new generations along with opportunities for new areas of knowledge capable of combining sustainability, biodiversity, forestry and innovative work practices.
The Stefano Boeri Architetti project is a new construction inspired by the previous layout which follows the central generating axis that lines up with the Torre Civica on Corso Umberto I, and the general structure of the buildings which gives rise to a system of courtyards and porticoes. Some sections and the Church of Santa Maria Assunta will be reclaimed from the original historic building while particular attention has been dedicated to the anti-seismic design of the entire complex through the application of advanced technologies that will allow the House of the Future to be re-established as a place dedicated to hospitality and innovation. The Laudato Si’ Community Forum, held on July 28th2019 at the Amatrice Polo del Gusto, Tradizione e Solidarietà saw the debating of themes related to environmental protection and the use and consumption of plastics, in the presence of leading community figures including the Bishop of Rieti, the President of Slow Food and Stefano Boeri himself as well as Corrado Longa for Stefano Boeri Architetti, Roberto Donovaro (Polytechnic University of Marche), Silvestro Greco (University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo) , Claudia Silvestrini (PolieCo), Serena Carpentieri (Legambiente Onlus), Loris Pietrelli (ENEA) and Elisabetta Cremonini (Olitalia).
In addition, the intervention is included in the Programme Agreement between the Diocese of Rieti, the Don Minozzi Institute, the Extraordinary Government Commissioner for the reconstruction of earthquake-hit areas, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the Ministry of Education, University and Research, the Lazio Region and the Amatrice Municipal Council, which will oversee its reclamation and the reactivation of its functions.
As it was in the first post-war period the House of the Future will once again be the engine of a renewed social life, and will serve as an incubator for technological research and a permanent workshop aimed at a new environmental sensitivity designed to direct and lead the rebirth of the area in which it is located. The four functional macro areas will be used respectively for housing and administrative assistance, a museum, training centres and research and innovation workshops. These will have different forms, while maintaining the theme of the courtyard as a constant, a style architecturally linked to the concept of hospitality and the community.
Moving through the project design area, the component parts are laid out as follows. First is the Corte dell’Accoglienza (Hospitality), then the Corte delle Arti e dei Mestieri (Fine Arts and Crafts), the Corte della Memoria e del Silenzio (Memory and Silence) and finally the Corte dei Beni Comuni (Cultural Heritage). The first is aimed at providing communal and meeting spaces for initiatives and events, a hostel and temporary lodgings combined with open areas for sharing and conviviality. The second is intended to host an observatory for integral ecology and a centre for the development and enhancement of the agribusiness and gastronomic supply chain, together with teaching and training rooms and practical application laboratories.
Inside the Corte della Memoria e del Silenzio, instead, there is the “Casa della famiglia dei discepoli (House of the families of the disciple)” around which spaces for hospitality in general, reception and community life and hospitality and shelter for the elderly are located. The last area, the Corte dei Beni Comuni (Cultural Heritage), has been designed to house administrative and institutional offices, multi-functional spaces for welcoming and receiving the public, the Amatrice Diocesan Museum (MUDA) and other areas used for various collective services. The themes of hospitality, research and youth training to which the papal encyclical Laudato Si’ bears witness and from which the House of the Future takes its name thus find a new home and a new form in a complex that enters into dialogue with history and the memory of the territory.