E.V.A. – Energy Village Alessandria – is a project to transform a former power plant built by ENEL (Italy’s main energy producer) into a ‘scientificcultural park’, a hub for technological and environmental research, with a mix of different functions that could attract different kinds of users and potential investors.
EVA is a specific solution, but it’s also conceived as a model that could be repeated for similar areas in disuse. It’s a system that reflects the space’s original vocation of energy production. It’s the reutilization of old productive structures for new purposes, a space where humanistic studies and technical research can develop together. The project identifies a wooden basic constructive module, and its repetition generates all the new architectures: a landmark building on the access to the area hosting the research center, and smaller artifacts that, with parasitelike approach, regenerate the old structures by installing cultural, educational, recreational functions.
Some of the most iconic structures are treated as pieces of land art, with the contribution of Italian renowned artist Valerio Berruti, who also designed the logo for the project.