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Torino Precinct

OVERVIEW

This project is a concept design proposal for a museum in Torino, Italy. The site is a disused parcel just outside the city center (currently used for parking). Rather than creating a low-slung building without a major visual presence beyond the site, this design scheme opts for a different approach. 

The project site is converted into an enclosed urban plaza that becomes a gathering space for the city. The project’s primary program is located in a tower on the northwest corner of the site. The vertical public circulation through the tower engages the city by creating public spaces oriented to different parts of the city, viewed through framed apertures that balance interiority and visual connection.

SITE AND PROGRAM

Instead of simply taking the existing site as a given, the entire block is taken as a precinct and converted into a public amenity for the city of Torino. Gallery programs are located within the tower. Educational programs are located in the lower part of the building, maximizing access to the plaza.

A strong vertical circulation armature extends the space of the city into the building and creates a rich architectural experience. A composed exterior shell controls public entry, as well as access to light and views. The tower is designed to remove viewers from the space of the city, with specific apertures that allow visual reconnection.

CIVIC SPACE

The entry lobby visually extends the public space of the plaza and creates a vibrant interior space full of civic activity. The vertical armature is visible in the space, creating moments of discovery, public activity, and connections to the plaza and the city beyond.

The first and second levels of the museum engage the plaza. Public lobbies, exterior terraces, and public stairs allow the museum to bring public activity to the space. Educational and outreach programs located in the museum’s lower increase public accessibility and allow educational activities to utilize the plaza to create an enhanced cultural experience.

 
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Status: Unbuilt
Location: Turin, IT
Firm Role: Lead Desiger

 
Form Diagram
Form Diagram
Entry Lobby
Entry Lobby
Third Floor Skylobby
Third Floor Skylobby
Section
Section
Ground Floor
Ground Floor
Second Floor
Second Floor
Third Floor / Public
Third Floor / Public
Fourth Floor / Exhibition
Fourth Floor / Exhibition
Fifth Floor / Function
Fifth Floor / Function