Eco-Cocoon - Green Academy

Renewal of a former paper factory in Marzabotto, Bologna, Italy

Finalist Mention, International Architectural Competition
Honorable Mention, 'Best Project 2012-2016' category, DOMES Awards 2017

Renewal of a former paper factory in Marzabotto, Bologna, Italy.
To recycle old into new, our proposal takes what exists and looks at it in a new way. Recycling becomes pragmatic and creative. We design an eco-cocoon that includes buildings and nature, old and new elements. The eco-cocoon is a filter, a canvas, a scaffolding with a strong iconic figure. In its surface, all sort of experimental panels for sustainable energy and eco-friendly materials are tested.
On the ground level, the old factory is transformed into a space for start-ups. On the two upper floors, an eco-science museum with research laboratories, while on top of the old factory a planted terrace. Space is left untreated, rough, evoking memories of the past, while allowing the new program to take over.




Architectural Design: Rena Sakellaridou, Morpho Papanikolaou, SPARCH Sakellaridou / Papanikolaou Architects

Collaborating Architects: N. Apergis A. Georgiadis, N. Tsompikou G. Papanikolaou, A. Verteouri, A. Vasileiou

Students: D. Pouniou, Z. Kokogia, P. Vryza, K. Venieris, A. Carrer Vives, M. Vollas

SPARCH RENA SAKELLARIDOU SPARCH PC / All rights reserved / 2024

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