LOCATION Fidenza, Parma, Italy
YEAR 2007
THEME Architecture, Cultural spaces, Piazza coperta
STATUS Preliminary design
DESIGNERS Antonio Monestiroli, Tomaso Monestiroli, Massimo Ferrari, Claudia Tinazzi

This is not the first time we have addressed the issue of large roof construction. We have done so on other occasions. However, it is the first time that the roof is not built above another building to guard and identify the place where it is located, but it is built to cover a meeting place. It is the roof of a civic lodge that establishes, in the city, a meeting place for citizens. The question that arises for its construction is the question of character, which is not tied to any particular function, but is defined independently on the function of meeting. A civic lodge is the heritage of the whole city; it must have a character appropriate to this belonging to the city.

The loggia is built from two overlapping roofs spaced a few meters apart. The first, larger and built higher up, rests on a series of iron pillars composed of four profiles arranged in the shape of a cross. The second roof, built below the first, is supported by a series of innermost pillars with a circular cross-section. If in the larger hall buildings, the space between the two roofs was necessary to contain the single-span beams and thus of a considerable height, in this case there are no structural reasons and the lower roof takes on a different, even stronger meaning, related to the theme of meeting. That roof contained under the main roof is like an artificial sky, or celetto as they say, hanging from the round pillars like poles supporting a large sheet, as blue as the sky. And under that cloth that people meet, it is that cloth that remains in the memory of all who attend the lodge.


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