The modular grid that covers the convention center
Arts and Sciences Centre in Bologna. Modular steel grid which combines sustainability and technology

The project for the new "Arts & Sciences" Centre of the Golinell Foundation, entrusted to Mario Cucinella Architects for its design has been developed with the aim of creating a new space for " imagination and experimentation" conceived as a synthesis between art and science

The Centre is not just an exhibition space: it will host a multi-annual programme of cultural initiatives with the aim of stimulating a series of educational, training and entrepreneurial activities in line with the Golinelli Foundation's development plan, Opus 2065 is the ideal way to support the new generations in their path of growth using the idea that education is the main force behind economic and social development

The grid creates steps and external terraces

The idea of the Center "Arts & Sciences" is developed with the purpose of giving physical body and material representation to scientific and artistic evolution, which are disciplines in constant evolution, based on their intent to continue research and experimentation. With the Golinelli Arts and Sciences Centre, the Golinelli Foundation becomes the ecosystem that will be completed in the coming months with an incubator reserved not only for graduates but also for young people

The grid creates steps and external terraces

The architecture of the project is presented as the story of this evolution, an uninterrupted process that advances in parts and creates a complete system that starting from a pulsating hothouse dematerializes itself in space and lets you see the elements of which it is made up

The grid creates steps and external terraces

The building has a simple conception and consists of two distinct and essential elements. The first element is the "heart", a real pavilion, a closed volume that will host the main activities and will be represented as a pure semi-transparent geometry, reflecting the surroundings during the day and bright at night. The other constituent element is the modular metal superstructure that surrounds the pavilion, it hovers in space and allows visitors to walk along it and stop in some of its parts

The grid creates steps and external terraces

Externally, the building cladding is covered by a light superstructure, a metal grid with cubic meshes that visitors can sometimes use to access small panoramic terraces overlooking the city. As Mario Cucinella explains, the building aims to portray a metaphor for the expansion of life itself, which is represented primarily by the external modular steel grid

The grid creates steps and external terraces

As part of the design of the Centre, one of the design solutions and materials selected, URSA XPS NIII is the main element of the thermal insulation interventions, executed on the basis of energy efficiency, eco-compatibility and safety in a building characterized by functionality and balance at the same time

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