Abitare Villa Mater is a fifth prize competition entry by BSTR architects and Rosso 19 for Compagnia di San Paolo in 2023. It is located in Rivoli Italy in an urban setting. Its scale is medium with a surface of 2.400 sqm a budget of 4.279.392 € and a ratio of 1.783 €/sqm. Key materials are plaster and wood.

Abandoned areas nowadays represent urban voids where time seems to flow and proceed differently from the rest of the city. Over the years, the city has grown accustomed to uncomfortably navigating around these areas, almost forgetting what lies beyond their borders. So, how can we redevelop these places, giving them an identity and a form compatible with the context that surrounds them? How can we reintegrate them into existing urban dynamics? The transformation of these places has become necessary, today more than ever, and it is through architecture and design that we can heal these urban lacerations, reuniting spaces and times that seem different.

The project, therefore, seeks a balance between contemporary needs and the preservation of historical traces, conducting a critical evaluation of the built and natural pre-existing conditions. In the case of Villa Mater, the decision was made to maintain the distinctive characteristics of the building and intervene exclusively on the attic to make it habitable. For the rustic buildings, their demolition and reconstruction were planned to create a pavilion in harmony with the pre-existing natural forms in the park.

As for the latter, it was fundamental to redefine the relationships with the context in the first instance, strengthening the existing entrances and identifying three new ones. Each pedestrian entrance was designed with a few simple gestures, yet capable of characterizing the public space they abut. Inside the park, a curved path design follows the natural forms and alternates between green spaces and equipped areas, as well as incorporating the project of the new pavilion.

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