• International Architectural Urban Design Competition.
  • Program: Housing, Commerce, Offices, Green Spaces.
  • Site: Genoa, Italy.
  • Surface: 23 ha.
  • Budget: –
  • Client: Municipality of Genoa.
  • With: Archea Associati project-leader.
  • Chronology: 2005.


AWARD: First Prize in the Competition.

The historical coexistence with industry has left in the urban area of Cornigliano wounds that can now be improved thanks to the redevelopment of a strategic area such as that of the ex Bombrini Villa Park and surrounding areas. The possibility of overpassing the railway makes possible to develop a project capable of transforming the line that separates the city from the industry: from an insurmountable barrier to a porous border that allows the re-appropriation of spaces of which the city had been private for a long time. The indication, therefore, of a strong sign, represented in the project by the linear sports and industrial archaeology park, which crosses the line of the railway is with the future highway the strength point of a design idea which rejects not only the simple redesign of the limit, even if modified, but instead wants to offer to the area and to the urban fabric, a “promenade” capable of reshaping the urban waterfront.

Three are the centralizing poles of the project giving rise to three different types of public green spaces equipped with distinct functions: the first is the green square that complete the urban shape of the city, that is created in front of the new station, which, being placed over the railway line, allows one to create a bridge with the area to the sea.

Next to the station the presence of the Villa Bombrini becomes the occasion for the creation of a botanical garden (13.500 m2) shaped in the design of the historic Italian-style gardens; green space accessible to the district that, in this point has an easy connection, together with the presence of its important public spaces.

The third area of intervention consists of the linear sports and industrial archeology park.