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International architecture competition sponsored bt Arquitectum

Gianluca d'Incą Architetti Studio received an Honourable Mention from Arquitectum at the International architecture competition "Mexico DF - Necropolis on Chapultepec's forest", Mexico city.
The objective of this competition was the establischment of an architecture recognizable from a distance, so that the ancient rites of incineration, burial and visits to the mortal remains of the deceased may continue to be domestic, familial and everyday rites - as they were in ancient cultures - included as part of the urban fabric. Our Studio was between the seven best projects in this competition.


The idea is a consequence of the normal conception of a cemetery reinterpreted in a vertical direction, moreover the will to create a deep relationship between the interior of the necropolis towards the city of Mexico City as well as the Chapultepec park and vice versa; a sign of memory and identity. The new building is designed for all the citizens of the city to represent a memory of their departed relatives; the city itself is presented as a visual part of the new architecture as demonstration of the ownership of the necropolis. The main fronts of the skyscraper are compound by three main elements: jars with plants, niches and part of the mausoleums. The fourth element relates the interior spaces with both the city and the park thought the view that the voids in the structure offer: voids are the invisible architecture of the project. Thought them people can admire Mexico City as well as the park in a fragmented way; images that only memory can recognize as the city itself. That's how this project strictly connects the building with all its surroundings, offerings a part of the city, the park and the sky, in every possible view. From outside the intent is to evocate the sense of memory to the ancient South American’s architectures: ivy plants seem to substitute the iron structure and "connect" the solid elements, niches and jars and creates a sense of holy and raw monumentality. Mechanically the exterior skin is a modular system: jars and niches can be placed in every void of the iron structure. The incredible possibility of variation between the three elements makes the skin of the building really flexible, not only on its appearance but also on its functioning. There are five Type A floors, each one with a chapel, a crematoria, one mausoleum and a garden with a panorama thought the park to the city. While crematoria is in the center of the floor, the chapel is completely designed with glass panels and a structural glass wall on one side; like this light can be the main actor of the interior as background of ceremony and liturgies. In Type B floor six mausoleums (two in the facade), four vigil rooms and services as a green space or bathrooms are the core of the scene. The alternation of bathrooms and gardens is independent from the type floor. Niches, voids and plants are in every floor. Stair system and lifts have a favored position: the stair space is both inside and outside favoring different panoramas in each level; likewise lifts have a view to the exterior in the direction of Mexico City thought the structural facade as well the same of the stairs.



XII ThyssenKrupp International Architecture Award

Istanbul is different. It’s the boundless centre of space, time and culture. Due to its unique location, divided between Europe and Asia, the special character distinguishes it from any other city. Istanbul offers visitors an unusual blend of East and West.
Ever since ancient times it has been the place where various cultures have always lived togheter. Civilizations, empires and history has been sedimented over the years, leaving traces of a schedule as much indefinite as powerful. A cosmopolitan and unique city, straddling two worlds so far apart culturally but so close physically.

This condition is full exemplified even in the peculiar geography of the territory where the city stands.
A city founded across two continents, so close but so far apart, looking at each other but without touching, separated by a strip of sea that seems to be mocking the will of touching. Two sides joined by two bridges. A weak, evanescent but real contact that demonstrate the willingness of the two opposing civilizations to maintain the connections, the interactions and the exchanges of experiences and knowledge.

Starting from this premise, the design for the new disaster, prevention and education centre in Istanbul wants to create, through architecture, an image that suggests this singular complexity; a unique case and that Istanbul carries in its DNA.
A strong symbolic link with this heritage between the suburbs and the centre. Suburbs still lack of a recognizable order and creditor of a relationship with the centre of the city and what it symbolizes. A link that reminds visitors and inhabitants the culture crossroads that is the mainstay of Istanbul charm. A condition that should never be forgotten.

The design process is based on the identification and subsequent abstraction of the elements related to the physical structure of the city: two continents, Asia and Europe, separated by the Bosphorus Strait and connected each other by two bridges. A fragile but important point of contact between the two worlds.

So the project builds not one but two buildings; not a piece of an holistic and self-contained architecture but two worlds that need each other to exist.
Two stand-alone buildings with different functions, different formal characteristics, separated from each other by a water pool.
A small artificial “Bosphorus” that establishes and emphasizes the distance and highlights the differences and complexities through the myriad of reflections it creates.

Two pieces of architecture that need each other to work and for this reason are connected by two slender walkways, suspended over the water, that, as in the real world they’re representing, are capable of giving to the buildings a single essential value.
A peripheral project that, in search of its dignity, flexes up and turns his upper part to look towards the centre of “Hagia Sofia”. A centre that, through the mentioned symbolism , is at the same time a debtor and creditor of its genesis.

To emphasize the difference between the two buildings, different covering skins have been imagined. Each skin has a double function: technical and symbolic. Their texture is derived, through a process of abstraction, from typical and cultural decorative elements as well as functional aspects. In fact, the main purpose of these skins, metallic on one side and wooden on the other, is to protect the interior from the direct sunlight specially during the summer months with the aim of creating a more pleasant diffused light. A light tailored to the activities of centre.
However, this objective is pursued in different ways for the two buildings, referring to techniques and ideas related to the traditions of their respective culture. While Europe is using the linear brise-soleil evoking the rationality and the horizontality of its architectural warps, Asia is defending by the intrusiveness of the light with complex decorative plots. A double scale made of small circular elements is superimposed on a different one made of big circles that allude to the widespread use of circular elements and domes in both mosques and public buildings such as Istanbul’s markets.

The “Asia” building is enriched by the presence of the planetary that, rather than being contained within the volume of the building, is partially embedded and covered with reflective glass elements, a glow that pays homage to the moon of the Turkish flag.

The design also focuses on the constructional aspects of the buildings and their sustainability. In addition to the mentioned solar screens the project provides a system for gathering rain water and a system of roof integrated photovoltaic panels to cover the production of electricity with the final aim of reducing consumption and streamline the functioning of the building. The total construction area is 8941 m.



International architecture competition sponsored by Belluno's Municipality

At the competition for the new multifunctional center Gianluca d'Incą Architetti Studio arrived at the 2nd phase selection.

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