TerraViva Competitions Announces the Results of “Hangar Ticinum”. TerraViva Competitions has officially released the complete list of awarded projects of the design contest “Hangar Ticinum”. The unquestionable historical and artistic value of the “Idroscalo”, the uniqueness of its architectural typology and the worrying state of decay in which the building has been for decades, are just some of the reasons that motivated the idea of this competition. “Hangar Ticinum” challenged participants to imagine a full recovery of the hydroplane base with the ambition of restoring the importance and centrality it once had for the city of Pavia.
The awarded proposals were able to enhance the architectural characteristics of the original project by combining contemporary design interventions with flexible and interactive programs open to the local community.
TerraViva thanks all the competitors for participating in this competition and for contributing to the research within the framework of the rehabilitation of the Italian architectural heritage.
Organized by TerraViva Competitions, in collaboration with the Municipality of Pavia, the competition was open to students, architects, designers, artists, makers, activists and anyone interested in the fields of design an architecture.
The winners were selected by an international jury panel composed by:
– German Fuenmayor (Caracas | Piuarch)
– Anastasia Kucherova (Moscow | Stefano Boeri Architetti)
– Lorenzo Degli Esposti (Milan | Degli Esposti Architetti)
– Filippo Imberti (Berlin | TSPA)
– Lucia Paci (New York | Operastudio)
– Bogdan Peric (Belgrade | Untitled Architecture)
– Toufic Rifai (Beirut | Politecnico di Milano)
– Mariangela Singali Calisti (Municipality of Pavia | Culture Department)
Paulina Pawlikowska, Paulina Górecka
“The House of Light”
The existing Idroscalo building has always played an important role in the life of the city, being a transit point, a shelter, a terrace and a landmark in the panorama of Pavia, where life has revolved around the river since its beginnings. By introducing light into the space we try to invite passers-by to the city and to the interior of the building, thus restoring its original function. The permanent structure is filled with glass, which will bring light outside the building. With the help of light the existing structure will again become a luminous point on the city map, inviting people from all directions.
The project takes its name from the Fata Morgana, an atmospheric mirage making objects appear to hover just above the horizon. As in the myth of Morgan le Fay, a sorceress attributed with the power of transformation, the renovated Idroscalo retains the form of Pagano’s original design, but is given new life through a minimal but radical material intervention that transforms the disused hangar from a site of ruin, to a new form of flexible public space.
Valeria Paez Cala, Luisa Brando
“TWOFOLD: a Water Infrastructure that Heals”
Twofold is a project that emerges from understanding that the enchantment of Hangar Ticinum’s ruin is due to its double essence that encapsulates Pagano’s rationale and Ticino’s wilderness. The project departs from this dichotomy and proposes an intervention that preserves this condition by buttressing and blending human interactions and natural processes.
Di Feng, Lifang Zhang
The Idroscalo was built in 1926 and will soon celebrate its 100th birthday. Since we are pleasantly surprised to find that the building is well preserved, from the very beginning we have the idea of preserving the original building.
First of all, the building has an excellent riverside landscape to enjoy the beauty of the ticino river. We envisage the removal of the original exterior wall and the introduction of silver perforated panels will evoke the image of planes; secondly, we make full use of the internal space of the building to integrate a series of functions of the community hub：Coffee, seaplane theme exhibition, children’s playground, teaching area, reading area, etc.; then, we also preserve the original track, transform it with steps to form a valuable waterfront accessible space, and set up an open air stage in the original seaplane docking area. It is suitable for holding performances and has a magnificent river view as a background.
Cecilia Marcheschi, Carlotta Di Sandro
“ACT – Art Center Ticinum”
In the 1920s Giuseppe Pagano designed the seaplane base of Pavia. A building born to be both a point of departure and of arrival, a static container of dynamic and passing objects. It’s from this reflection that our desire of reinterpretation arose, thinking of the hangar not as a container of objects anymore, but instead of thoughts, culture and art. In order to highlight the historic relevance of the artifact we decided to intervene mostly on the interiors of the building, keeping the essential characteristics of the seaplane base, a choice encouraged by the unpredictability of the context in which it’s set.
Shuangyun Chen, Raúl Martínez Medina
“PAVIA O.N: Two Stories, One Place”
The O.N. building arose from the premise of creating a new leisure and creativity reference for the City of Pavia. Work, leisure, culture, sports and education blend here smoothly. It has a privilege position to link the historical city and the new cultural waterfront developments together. The building serves as a node linking the old and the new, a place where the two stories meet and merge. It’s the transition point from an old and traditional city to a new livable and thriving cultural district close to the water.
“Box for Culture”
Convinced of a respectful recovery of the artifact for its typological uniqueness and for its historical-artistic value, the concept imagines the re-functionalization of the large internal space of the seaplane base. The planned functions are: an auditorium, a room for impromptu exhibitions and a literary café. The project transforms the empty and abandoned space of the seaplane base into a “Box for Culture”. A reference point for the community of Pavia, a city of great cultural and artistic wealth, where you can organize events, musical concerts, conferences, screenings, exhibitions, but at the same time a place where you can meet and socialize through a literary café with a bookshop, all set in an exceptional panoramic position.
Chao Tang, Christiane M. Herr
“Ticino Meet+ (A Floating Community Hub)”
After more than 100 years Idroscalo still stands quietly on the bank of the Ticino river, dilapidated, but still intact. This proposal revives the existing structure, introducing new structures and functions while paying tribute to Giuseppe Pagano Pogatschnig’s bold rationalist architectural style. By transforming the structure into a floating community hub, it is returned to the city to once again connect people’s lives, catering to both citizens and tourists by providing spaces for relaxation, meeting, dining, film viewing, reading, exhibition and workshops.
Fluidiforme – Gianluca Basile, Antonino Caridi, Davide Casaletto
“TTT – Three Tools for Ticinum”
The project is based on a dualistic design approach: on one side, the aim to preserve the tectonics of the Hangar and its rigid concrete grid; on the other side, the triggering of three tools: tower, tunnel, and platform. The tower calls back to the tradition of Pavia’s medieval towers and, looking towards the city on the north-east side, the project offers the chance to discover it from above. The horizontal tool – the tunnel – has an inherently urban value: it links the Hangar with the land, defining a telescope which frames the opposite bank of the river.
Modular. The design takes module sizes from the existing hangar, then expanded the building to scale with the same module to accommodate new programs required for a contemporary community hub. Aside from plan, modular units are also applied in the new structure and roof canopy of design, which echo with the existing hangar in both in spatial scales and tectonics.
Adaptive. Programs and interior space configurations are not specifically defined. Using retractable furniture, sliding and folding windows, spaces can be divided independently or joined to meet with different situations. Exterior-interior definition is not fixed with the use of operable building skin. The roof panels are adjustable to adapt to weather and time.
Light-weight structure. Taking the inspiration from both Pagano’s design and aircraft elements related to the hangar’s history, the design uses light-weight steel structure, to celebrate the industrial and aviation origin of the hangar. Metal adjustable roofs also traceback to flap wings of planes, creating a reminiscent connection of the building with aviation in materiality and operation.
Léo-Paul Chorel, Camille Bluin
“The Wide Ticinum Hall”
The main objective of the «Wide Ticinum Hall» is to offer a great place of reception for events and encounters of the local daily life of the city of Pavia. For this, the project was designed specifically for its integration into the landscape and its connection to the city. Currently, the existing hangar offers a large space and an exceptional location above the river. However, it is really only a large empty shell, opaque and cut from the outside.
Marcelina Terelak, Aleksandra Piechota, Katarzyna Jasińska, Kamila Boroch
“The Life Frames”
The hangar is the space where people enrich their experiences and interests. It is a zone for tightening the bonds of society and developing one’s skills. The functional program is based on the universality of the space. The facility is a kind of theater of life, where users as actors have space for creative activities.
Hoang Le Van, Nam Nguyen, Cao Hoai, Ky Do Dang, Huy Ngo, Nguyen Minh, Anh Phan, Hieu Trung
Pavia’s living room is a new program which we propose for Idroscalo after the researching process of this project. We create a living space for the community, it is a neutral space for all the meetings, cafeteria, co-working sessions, performances, exhibitions, screenings, reading sessions and many other activities. This space aims to connect Pavia’s residents, especially the connection between generations, together with providing an ideal place for tourists, travellers.
Gianluca Ardiani, Violetta Breda, Martino Cucurnia, Mattia Festa, Xhesika Prifti
“Ticinum Cultural Pavi(a)lium”
The Ticinum Cultural Pavi(a)lion arises from the analysis of the urban apparatus and aims to be a flexible and inclusive space, with a mostly young target. Main activities are studying places, coworking, workshops, exhibitions, spaces for different kinds of art expression were to raise awareness of the local surroundings, as well as a dining area, were to relax and enjoy healthy food, as the supplies are from local farms.
Lucia Rosa Harder, Emil Boje
“A Collective House on the River”
The project explores an existing space full of history and sentiment. It strives to renew the space while maintaining the layers of time. The project introduces a series of sensitive insertions in and around the hangar exposing the remaining structure, while adding a new possibility of purpose.
Elene Machaidze, Giorgi Maisuradze, Mariam Shaishmelashvili, Salome Gugunava, Nodar Kvanchiani, Irina Maskhulia, Irakli Shubashikeli, Doruntina Zendeli, Aysel Kapsız, Davit Tchalidze
Georgia, Macedonia, Turkey
“Plays of Ticino”
Plays of Ticino is a transformation scenario for a new community Hub on the river, that is activated by three main urban scapes, through thirteen community groups and eight spatial programs. Urban scapes ( Culturescape, Smartscape and Landscape) are the interpreted social and spatial dimensions found in the neighborhood as well as at the city scale which are linked with the different community groups of various interests.
On the water, in my beer, in my dreams.
Here we are! Sweet drift is finally done! I passed by the old historical building everyday but never really paid attention to it. Crazy! Now it became the focal point of an urban promenade where people come and relax at any time of the day. The challenge was huge: it involves not only the rebirth of the abandonned place but also of the whole bank of the Ticino river. It is now offering a variety of attractive activities ( beach, sports, playground…) that bring together audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Nevertheless with number of universities in the surroundings, the programme is aimed in particular at a young audience. The buiding itself became gathering and convivial, hosting a craft brewery, a large bar and restaurant offering breathtaking views of the old town from the terrace.