In 2019, AMAA – Collaborative Architecture Office For Research And Development – completed the project that rejuvenated the previously dilapidated Officine Pellizzari e figli industrial site. The project includes a new volume, the AMAA Workshop, which complements the existing building and references the site’s industrial tradition through its materials and geometries.
AMAA Workshop Technical Information
- Architects1-2: AMAA | Collaborative Architecture Office For Research And Development
- Location: Arzignano (VI), Italy
- Client: ALIAS SRL – Marco Mettifogo
- Project Year: 2019
- Photographs: © Simone Bossi, © Francesca Vinci
The design of a multifunctional complex is indeed an opportunity for the establishment of a new polarity that attracts and changes the existing flows of the city. Without adding any new volume the project aims to give a new face to the ex-industrial site and contribute to its regeneration.– AMAA Architects
AMAA Workshop Photographs
Text by the Architects
The re-use of the “B-zone” district, the former hub of the well-known Officine Pellizzari e figli company, reveals itself through the progressive change of scale from the urban one to the more detailed one. The aim is to reach the best match within the context, which requires an overlook at an urban level in order to encourage social re-activation, taking into account both the actual degradation of the area and its potential.
The design of a multifunctional complex is indeed an opportunity to establish a new polarity that attracts and changes the existing flows of the city. Without adding any new volume, the project aims to give a new face to the ex-industrial site and contribute to its regeneration.
The intermediate level of the project involves the main building of the “B-zone,” already in use with the new functions, and the addition of a new layer, the outside basement, which solves the difference in height between the internal spaces and the external public area and the street. The relationship between the inside and the outside is reached through the large handcrafted steel window frames.
The detailed scale completes the project of a new volume -as the FINAL OUTCOME of the whole process- that hosts the AMAA Workshop. An independent box that seeks relationships with the geometries of the existing vaults of the building and of its materials -cement, steel, corrugated sheets, glass, marble, and wood-which refer to the industrial tradition of the site.
The space in the basement, used in the past for pump testing, has been converted into servant spaces, such as toilets, storage, facilities, and kitchen, and interpreted as part of the solid base from which the volume of the new concrete staircase comes out. On this, the regular structure rises up to two levels: the upper one is wider in height and in surface.
The slender steel elements define the structural skeleton of the volume but also the perimeter of the window frames, which maintains complete transparency between the existing space and the addition, thus not altering the complete perception of the industrial building.
AMAA Workshop Plans
AMAA Workshop Image Gallery
AMAA is an architectural studio founded in 2012 by Marcello Galiotto and Alessandra Rampazzo. The founders have academic backgrounds, having completed their PhDs in Architectural Design and History of Architecture. They have collaborated with several universities and have won numerous awards, including the Architects of the Year Under 36 – New Italian Blood in 2015. The studio has experience working on projects of different scales, from small details to global designs. They have also worked on restoration and renovation projects. In addition to its main office in Venice, the studio has a branch office in Arzignano. In 2022, they released a book titled Seemingly Simple, which showcases their work over the past ten years.
Works from AMAA
- Lead Architects: Arch. Marcello Galiotto PhD, Arch. Alessandra Rampazzo PhD
- Design Team: Arch. Francesca Fasiol