GIANFRANCO PANZA

ARCHITECT

GPA1901
Music Hall, Valsolda, Italy
Competition 2nd prize. With Nicola Andreani & Andrea Schiavio

The reduced scale of the new Valsolda music school naturally wipes out the specific and static program to propose the maximum volume of free space possible in order to let possibilities unfold. A piazza acts as the access and foyer of the building. A wooden structure with prefabricated panels form the main hall while the underground level contains different classrooms and technical rooms. Circulation is allowed not only in the interior but also externally by connecting the piazza with the underground level patio, providing with autonomy to each level.

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GPA01601
School transformation, Chables, Switzerland
Competition. With Lorenzo Donati, Francesco Sala and Matteo Venezian

A kinder garden and several elderly apartments are to be inserted in an old 1600s farmhouse refurbishment in Chables, located in the Swiss canton of Fribourg. These diametrically opposed programs seek to dwell in the same space as a paradox of life by embedding voids between them. Not distribution but cohesion. Not circulation but interaction. Not temporary but interchangeable.

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GPA1602
Apartment refurbishment, Milan, Italy
With Lorenzo Donati, Francesco Sala and Matteo Venezian

A geometrically precise perimeter made of translucent doors is inserted in this light limited attic. The device provides this inherently residual volume with a new character by being extremely straight forward and radical. New services like bathroom, kitchen and storage are located in the in-between, blurring the new apartment’s notion of size.

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GPA1301
Learning Center, Barcelona, Spain

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Parallel was a genuine meeting point in Barcelona with a strong social character at a pedestrian level. When the car took over the area became a separating spot between very different cities structures. The entire configuration of the project consists in a building that houses a learning center and another that contains apartments and student accommodation. Both buildings try to be clear in their anatomy but suffer a set of manipulations that take them out of their apparent scale, framing old city habits in new conditions.

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GPA1101
Crematory + Columbarium, Paris, France

Today we are confronted with banal buildings of a significant scale. A crematory plus columbarium operates not as a programme but as a catalyst, using its function or content as an alibi for its existence. The building takes the complete block’s length, defining the space in its heart by creating a piazza that faces the entrance of the existing market. The underground level hosts the parking, administration offices and crematories. The structure above ground is conceived as the columbarium itself. The sepulchral vaults containing the ashes are inserted vertically and horizontally in it. The structure would be gradually filled out.

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GPA1201
Mixed-use Tower, Boston, USA (WISH)

The project faces the topic of building above highway level. A mixed-use tower is articulated around a courtyard creating generous terraces overlooking the city landscape in different directions. In the lower part is located a shopping mall, surrounded by a crown of houses for low and medium income; in the central part, a sequence of parking floors and, in the upper part, the most valuable residences. Five large cores containing vertical circulation rise up from the only few buildable points at the highway level. These articulate a structural system of V elements that support a series of compressed and tensioned pillars that allow an efficient load distribution.