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project details

Location: Mascalucia - Catania, Italy
Designer: arch. Salvatore Contrafatto
Construction manager: arch. Salvatore Contrafatto
Contributors: arch. Antonino Salanitro, ing. Giulia La Ganga Vasta

In this project, the construction of a reversible structure at the service of business related to production and feeding of confectionery, snack bar and cafeteria, does not change the physical condition of the premises, both in terms of the prospectus to which the Bar enslaved the reversible structure, both for flooring and artwork Piazza Umberto I, the site where the structure will be positioned precarious.

This composition of volumes has been dictated by the need to move the main body of greater impact, the statement of the building, in fact, the discrete architectural value of the latter has suggested to create a link trapezzoidale, of reduced dimensions, in order not to obscure view of the entire ground floor of the building and not affect the unitary architectural and landscaping of the square.

The reversible structure will be made with the main steel frame with bolted joints or jointed to allow easy removal of the building, the perimeter walls are composed of two demountable partitions, a basimentale, all made of laminated glass and satin, and the the elevation panels with PVC “type Cristal” transparent.

The passage of connection with the building, of trapezoidal shape, it will be entirely made with sheets of transparent glass, on which two accesses will open for the entry and the exit from the bar; another access will be placed in the rectangular main body, to allow the entrance to the property directly from the square.

The coverage of the main reversible structure will be built with rigid sheets sealed, sliding on the side tracks, in order to open the structure during the summer season, while the coverage of the connecting body trapezoidal, being small in size, will be made with cloth fixed waterproofed. The entire cover system will be concealed from view from outer bezels, brushed steel, with a pattern that will define the composition of materials and volumes.