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The House of the Future

The House of the Future



Stefano Boeri Architetti with Laudato Si’, Slow Food




Amatrice, Italy


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
Lazio Region
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
ESA engineering (progettazione degli impianti)

Design Team:
Corrado Longa, Marco Giorgio, Francesca Motta, Marco Neri, Daniele Barillari, Francesca Capicchioni, Francesca Da Pozzo, Sara Gangemi, Elena Gianelloni Mariachiara Mondini, Dragana Mikavica

The project of House of the Future – Laudato Si’ conceived by Stefano Boeri Architetti provides for the recovery and re-functionalization of the Don Minozzi Complex in Amatrice, conceived as a place of rebirth and innovation, which leaves room for a broad program of activities dedicated to the world of youth, focused on training and research. The intervention for the historic building is inspired by and realizes the key concept of Integral Ecology expressed in Pope Francis’ encyclical. 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.

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 Casa del Futuro 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.

The proposed interventions consist of courtyard buildings, equipped with multiple entrances and views towards public spaces and covered porches to make use of adjacent spaces, dedicated to the community. The use of wood occurs in modular facades, in an alternation of solids and voids for a constant relationship between inside and outside and for a constant contact between human beings and living nature, an element carefully disseminated along the entire project area. intended both as an external frame of relationship with the urban reality and as a key feature of the internal courtyards.

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