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081_AGOSTINI SHOES manufacturing plant // MIDE architetti

Province of Padua, Veneto, Italy

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The intervention involves an existing productive building, located along a busy commercial route of Noventa Padovana, in the eastern rural area of Padua.
The late 900’s architectural body in composed of a compact large vaulted volume, in which a third is occupied by a two-storey directional block and two thirds by a double high space hosting the workshop.

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Although the project considered demolishing the existing partitions, the design intention was to retain the original internal configuration.
The offices and dressing rooms block is composed of a two-storey load-bearing steel framework, completed with perimetral plasterboard partitions and featured by large glazed openings that visually connect the directional upper level with the open space of the workshop.

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The ground level hosts restrooms, dressing rooms, equipment rooms, as well as a reception area leading towards the upper floor offices and showroom.

The main front demanded a more detailed design study, as its immediate connection with the public spaces suggested that an iconic intervention could emphasise the productive and commercial role of the plant in the area.

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The façade was therefore conceived as a carved metal skin, opaque during the day and semi-transparent in the night, recalling the manufacture’s shoes textures by the ‘light perforations’.
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