It has long been on the Chiasso municipality’s “goodwill” list. However, as of Friday, the project to grant a new “home” to the municipal technical office (Ut) is registered by right in the list of construction sites one step away from launch. “Carapace” was selected nearly two years ago (to use the name of the winning architectural proposal), and now the city is moving from intentions to facts by publishing (as of May 20) a construction application that opens the way for construction from the building that is designed to replace UT’s current headquarters, there via Cattaneo.
Enter, the planned scheme, which, in fact, completes the reinterpretation of a sector, all dedicated to the services – next to the municipal police and the fire station – in the Soldini region. In the plans, the cover should reach the council room by the end of the year with the credit request, the strategic request, having already separated, at that time, 300,000 francs for the design.
Another check on the list of major legislative projects
Having recently worked on the profile of the firing platform in Rovagina, which envisages an investment of 4.6 million francs today at the table of municipal councilors, the city council is preparing to launch a new operation, just as important as the financial profile as well as logistics. The operation which is an integral part of the business package planned for this legislature with a cost of more than 30 million.
For the construction of the building that will provide space for the technical office and its employees – about two dozen in total – about 4.3 million will be needed. First, in fact, the bulldozers will be supplied with gas for the demolition of the existing site, then a two-story span building will be formed, taking into account Minergie standards, facing the “heart” of the city. From the front, it looks out onto Cattaneo, a tree-lined park that aims to restore quality to the public spaces. It is estimated that it will take 18 months of work before the keys are handed over to the managers. When do you plan to leave? next spring.
Keywords process, functionality and flexibility
What is certain is that for those today who live their daily lives within the walls of UT with the new property, this will be something completely different. First of all, the solution imagined by architects Briccola and Aguiar provides for a precise organization in terms of pedestrian, vehicle and parking lanes (which will remain 13 and external); Even within the area that interacts with users will be separated from the staff work areas, from entrances to feature functionality and flexibility, thanks to a “simple and clear” organization, as shown in the technical report attached to the maps.
And this time the women’s changing rooms also appear
In the redistribution of spaces, on the ground floor there will be in particular the service rooms, the canteen, changing rooms and bathrooms for the technical office staff. In particular: the new construction introduced women’s rooms, which are so far absent (for female workers, at least for the time being). However, in this part of the building, we reserve the right to maintain a certain diversity of contents and the possibility of converting surfaces into an office. In short, Chiasso is looking forward and to a possible assembly.
On the other hand, the first level will be divided between the general secretariat, reception and meeting rooms in the first part, and various offices of the various sectors of the municipal service to trace along the entire building.
Two facades and plenty of greenery to admit
Finally, the “generous” green space and with it the facades will give a subtle identity to the complex. The south-facing portion would appear as a “protective shell of exposed concrete”, oriented towards the area behind the bunkers, while the north-facing side would be “characterized by the harmonious repetition of nearby concrete columns” and opening to a “peaceful tree-lined front garden”.
The green presence in the designers’ goals becomes, as emphasized in the report, “an important element of reference for users and, together with the language of the facade along the street, allows for clear identification and characterization of the public building”.