Multi-floor parking in Palermo Central Station area, Italy
Automated parking lot
CLIENT: Guerrino Pivato S.p.A.
VALUE: € 3,000,000.00
The intervention affects the Palermo historic centre, within the perimeter of the old walled city, in the precincts of the Central Station, and occupies an urban void caused by demolitions occurred during the Second World War.
Even if it tries to find a bond with the adjoining buildings, the project does not want to copy their architecture but rather, thanks to the new façade, it wants to convey to the entire place a contemporary identity, able to find in the new building an element of great impact that defines its new look.
Besides the obvious practical role that the parking will play in the traffic and pollution decongestion of this important part of the city, the new building acquires a strong architectural value that, although it differs from the usual image of this area of the city, it might become a significative distinguishing element precisely thanks to its new perspective.
Besides the historic pre-existing elements, the building has to face also with the natural elements present along the Piazza Giulio Cesare avenue, the tree rows constitute an important presence from an environmental point of view, both in number and density: their visual impact will inevitably interact with the new construction, sometimes hiding and sometimes disclosing the façade.
The façade structure draws inspiration from the profile drawn by the tree foliage, a profile which limit corresponds to the stringcourse of the Monumental Entrance base of Via Roma and ideally proceeds in the texture drawn by the overlapping of covering panels that, projecting according to three different orders in a play of overlaps and variable surfaces, will determine an intersection between green foliage and the mesh, mixing natural and artificial elements that generate an effect of overall lightness and progressive dematerialization.
The area behind the parking has been treated as a square where dominates the green element and where the existing trees, in particular the bound pine, are maintained, creating in this way a visual and environmental opening.
The paving is characterized by a semi-vegetal soil that alternates vegetation and cement, and is obtained with 1m x 1m modular elements made up of either cement self-locking plates or turfs or even these two together according to a variable-density design.
The cement benches are inserted in the modules as to become part of a unique system that integrates road surface and urban furnishing.
This external arrangement becomes a visible green area and a new public area available not only to parking users, waiting to take their car, but also to the district houses, offices, to the clients of the commercial gallery and also to travellers that pass through the Railway Station.