Park and View, Padova

Diploma project, 2005

Professor Luigi Snozzi

Three gigantic carpark structures in steel are placed along the circular highway around Padova. They act as entrance gates to three new parks that are inserted into the peripheric industrial areas around the city, their sheer dimension making them points of orientation in the wide plain landscape. Their cantilevering steel truss construction touches the ground only in its four corners, where the entrances to the parking ramps are positioned. This allows the park vegetation to grow unobstructed under it.

 

Conceived as absolute, uncompromising structures grown out of scale, they are not functionalist, but rather poetic manifestations of car infrastructure. Reminding of utopian superstructures, they refer to the nature below them which has reconquered its territory from human occupation.