• International ANAS Design Competition.
  • Program: Archeological Museum, Leisure Facilities.
  • Site: Reggio Calabria, Italy.
  • Surface: Built 15.000 m2.
  • Budget: 20.000.000 euros.
  • Client: ANAS.
  • With: Studio Archea project-leader.
  • Chronology: 2006.


AWARD: First Prize in the Competition.

The competition centres on an area by the 41st kilometre of the A3 highway which is to be landscaped and where a museum centre is to be created, to diffuse and provide information on the archaeological findings.

The proposal consists of a large disc with a diameter of more than 230 metres, suspended on the highway, conceived as a hybrid between new ground and roof. A flat, quite singular building, at the same time landmark, inhabited bridge allowing people to cross the road, and rest and stop for a while, and a centre for the production of renewable energies.

The disc defines an intangible physical environment where paths and spaces associated with the three themes of the exhibitions (archaeology, nature, history of the motorway) are intertwined among them and with the entertainment and leisure activities required.

The volumes above ground and the service and rest areas are designed as an extension of the natural elements, while the open space is conceived as a landscape modelled by the architectural elements: the ground is developed in rises and depressions which describe gardens and paths, to then dissolve and merge with the surroundings.