Urban rebirth in Macerata: the former Rossini warehouse and the former caretaker's house become a hub for art, education and culture. The Veneto-based company supplied the furnishings

The Municipality of Macerata has recently completed an industrial archaeology rehabilitation project in the city centre. The former Rossini warehouse, a dilapidated factory, and the former caretaker's house in the Diaz Gardens, long since abandoned, have been transformed into a centre dedicated to art, education and social inclusion. To make the interiors functional and welcoming, design solutions by Quadrifoglio.

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Preserve or transform?

The more the weight of history weighs on an architectural pre-existence, the more the redevelopment interventions are conditioned and, consequently, the greater the designer's dilemma between a conservative or transformative approach. Continuity or discontinuity, scale or off-scale interventions, respect or disrespect for context and genius loci? And again, pros and cons in terms of cost of intervention, waste of land and so on.

Integrating new and past

Fortunately, the possibility of transformation exists as an opportunity to renovate and regenerate buildings, spaces and places of the past in favour of the changing needs of the city and those who live in it, and at the same time as an attempt to enhance the characteristics of the historical context and contemporary architecture in a dialectical relationship between old and new. The redevelopment, under the direction of engineer Tristano Luchetti, manager of the Technical Service of the Municipality of Macerata, has taken into account the original architecture of the site, enhancing the existing structures through a respectful intervention that integrates the new with the past.

Industrial identity

The former Rossini warehouse, with an area of 1,700 square metres on two floors, is intended to house the Macerata Academy of Fine Arts, with classrooms, laboratories, event and coworking areas for youth and training activities. Inside, fluid rooms of different sizes, communicating with each other, preserve traces of the industrial identity (the large iron profiled windows, the white plastered walls, the cement effect floor, the high ceilings with exposed piping).

Responding to new needs

The interior design, by Quadrifoglio Group, is characterised by its ability to respond to the different functions required by the centre, with an innovative approach to the use of space and materials. Bright colours and modular and versatile design furniture solutions create a dynamic, inclusive and stimulating atmosphere for learning, creativity and socialising.

Restoration for educational purposes

The former Caretaker's House, built in 1888 and spread over three levels with a total area of 450 square metres, was in a state of neglect before being carefully restored for educational purposes, for themed exhibitions and workshops, aimed mainly at a young public and school classes.