Antonio Ravalli Architects, Mino

Antonio Ravalli Architects, Mino it has been modified: 2023-09-01 di Benedetto Fiori

Recovery project of a former hemp factory into a youth hostel in Migliarino, Ferrara.

The intervention is located inside the municipal multifunctional center of Migliarino, obtained from the recovery of a former hemp factory, and concerns a portion of the building of 510 square meters, intended to house a youth hostel. The project can count for its execution on a reduced regional funding and a dubious profitability of management.

The management aspect is therefore the central element of the project: economic and energy savings become the primary objective.

The intervention is thought of as a 'passive machine' capable of conveying the natural motion of the air to obtain climatic benefits, while the distribution of the systems and the morphological definition of the different environments, conceived to obtain a minimization of the elements and technologies used, they allow for an elastic reception capacity: maximum in spring-summer and on the occasion of special events, reduced to the minimum in periods with less affluence.

While the reception and service spaces are provided on the ground floor, the second floor is characterized by a single large room with air-illuminating surfaces on one side only. On the opposite side, four rooms with independent bathrooms, common toilets and a stairwell are arranged on two levels. The volume, compact and well delimited, is easy to condition using traditional methods.


In the main space, however, the air conditioning is based on passive ventilation, facilitated by the northern position of the openings and by two ventilation towers placed on the roof. The fact that it cannot be divided into further housing units, given the uniqueness of the light and air source, suggests an alternative solution to the dormitory: as in an enclosed campsite, autonomous cells are inserted, delimited by light envelopes. Independent 'rooms' not only physically but also climatically: a punctual air conditioning system allows you to choose which ones to 'turn on'.

The entire system network is housed in the inspectable wooden platform which acts as a connective tissue between cell and cell. The variation in height dictates the distinction between the more intimate space of the rooms and the common daytime space. The movement of the perimeter of the platform creates opportunities for sitting and relaxing. The space remains fluid while allowing for a multiplicity of distinct uses, while the monochromatic nature of the furnishings and inserted elements enhances their plasticity.


Sitography: dezeen, Antonio Ravalli Architetti.

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