Between historical memory and smart-green future: the Riel -Il Fienile residential complex in Bolzano designed by monovolume architecture + design

Bolzano is a city that often and willingly conquers the top of the rankings that reward the quality of life. It is no coincidence that in the South Tyrolean capital, enhancement of tourism and the mountain economy, attention to the environment, quality of services, social well-being, excellence in architectural design have long been consolidated trends. Which then, on closer inspection, are all sides of the same coin: attention to the person and to the quality of the man-nature relationship.

On a human scale

With this in mind, the project, created by monovolume architecture+design, of the Riel - Il Fienile residential complex in the new district in the southern area of ​​Bolzano is conceived as a response to requests for residences for employees and consultants who work in the headquarters of international companies. based in the same area, a strategic area that communicates with the production area of ​​the city, with the nearby airport and with the urban center.

Memory of the antique and smart future

“The antique communicates and interacts with the new, hosting it and keeping it inside, maintaining the due respect that generates new filter spaces. Light enters the barn through the creation of geometric carvings on the roof and in the walls ”, explain the architects. The project, which includes 38 apartments of different sizes and compositions (from one-room to four-room apartments) is made up of two new buildings and the renovation of an old barn, a characteristic agricultural structure with a traditional pitched roof that has kept the original supporting columns. "We wanted to redevelop the area by reinterpreting the meeting between historical memory and the smart future in a contemporary key," continue the designers.

A common garden

This meeting between past and future proposes a new model of smart and sustainable living. The project creates a smart-green community environment in the center: the common garden is the real heart for relationships, an open space with relaxation areas, an equipped fitness area, a swimming pool and a beach volleyball area. Enriched by wi-fi stations for smart working, by bicycle parking spaces, by columns for recharging electric cars, by Smart-Lock for storing parcels. A selection of vertical trees (oaks, maples, lagerstroemia and tulip trees) characterize the grassy area. To counteract the verticality, horizontal metal planters have been added that become elements of shared architecture, urban gardens that smell of spices and aromas, fruit trees and climbing plants.

From recovery to ex novo

The other two volumes tell of the architectural evolution and the stylistic transition from the renovation to the ex novo, characterized by large terraces and a facade broken by the vertical rhythm of the bronze-colored slats that rise up to the roof, alternating with the supporting structure in Xlam wood. "In addition to the respectful approach, the intervention leaves the structural skeleton of the volumes visible. From the fusion with the surrounding landscape, a residential model with an urban feeling is born, in close contact with the meléti and the silhouette of the Dolomites ”, explain the designers.

The construction features, the selected materials and the plant solutions have allowed the project to obtain the KlimaHouse A Nature certification.

Photos by Giovanni De Sandre