Studio: Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia
Project: Dallara Academy
Location: Varano De’ Melegari, Parma, Italy
Category: Educational Buildings
Credit: Stefano Anzini
“Each project for us is the encounter between two souls, one of the place and one of the man.Each project can have these two qualities within itself, or else it must discover them and allow them to emerge for its own reading, writing and will.
In Varano de’ Melegari, with engineer Giampaolo Dallara and his family, intended both as his personal affections and his company, we found ourselves in a unique situation which only needed to be revealed through the occasion of the project, both in the contest phase and in its construction, in order for it to accept its responsibility of telling the places of the soul of a rare and exemplary story which, we believe, belong to many areas of our Mediterranean territory.”
The idea that inhabits the project is therefore to create a building that is able to concile the individual identity of the parts that contribute in creating the whole, with a sense of unity of the whole, a landscape within the landscape.
The building thus becomes a living and dynamic element, capable of redefining the location by enriching and redefining it, as it is also endowed with a strong iconicity which makes it a real mineral landmark of the landscape, as well as the rock on the top of the hill to which the project turns its gaze.