CPC Gym, Chiasso

The CPC double gym in Chiasso is the victory of lightness over weight, interaction over separation, flexibility over rigidity.

The CPC double gym in Chiasso is the victory of lightness over weight, interaction over separation, flexibility over rigidity.

The duality between the podium and the covering volume of the room is defined by a detachment, produced by a punctual support on all four sides.

Through this suspension, the monolithic volume appears very light, to the point of seeming to be held back – rather than supported – by the four lateral Vs.

The detachment connects the interior space with the urban and natural elements that surround the gym. An interaction that places it in the context of the school and cultural campus, weaving various relationships with the peculiar elements of the place.

The building reacts to different situations and topographical differences. To the north it has an access terrace, in relation to the school buildings and access from the public car park. To the south, a flight of steps in relation to the small garden.

A delimitation of the road field and the existing square to the east. Finally, it is at the same level as the m.a.x Museum and the Spazio Officina, sharing their public vocation.

The podium is a Drytech tank. The insulation of the internal facades is protected by an exposed wooden strip in the lower part and by an acoustic paneling in the upper part.

From an energy point of view, the building meets the criteria of the Minergie standard.

Client: Canton Ticino logistics section

Project: Architetti Nicola Baserga e Christian Mozzetti, Muralto

Structure: Ingegneri Andrea e Eugenio Pedrazzini, Lugano

Construction: Mafledil, Osogna

Drytech Tank: 2’128 m²

PalaCinema, Locarno

The new cinema building in Locarno was born from the transformation of the historic Palazzo Scolastico, designed in 1892 by the architect Ferdinando Bernasconi.

The London-based architectural firm AZPML has capitalized on the existing structure for identity, cultural and environmental reasons.

A screen of movable tiles rationalizes the lines of the facade, but at the same time enhances the original three-volume profile.

The intervention also involves the Remo Rossi square, transformed into a large red carpet perfectly connected to the surrounding street web.

Inaugurated on the occasion of the 70th edition of the Locarno Festival, the Palazzo del Cinema has three avant-garde screening rooms, two of which with 142 seats each, located between the basement and the ground floor, and one with 500 seats on the second floor.

The two underground rooms and all the other service structures below the ground level were built with the Drytech Tank System.

The window sills, on the other hand, are protected with the Drycoat waterproof covering which, with its reduced thickness, does not alter the purity of the architectural lines.

The vibrant covering of gold tiles is iconic. Ethereal, changeable, dynamic: it is architecture, but it looks like cinema.

Owner: PalaCinema SA, Locarno

Project: Consorzio AZPML+DF, Londra/Lugano

Structure: WMM Ingenieure, Münchenstein

Construction: Impresa Mafledil, Osogna

Drytech Tank: 1,200 m²