LOCATION: Monza (MB)
PRATUM MAGNUM CONTEST – MONZA – MB (Italy)
The complex and diverse nature Trento and Trieste square has developed through Monza’s history has brought to a planning solution able to reassess the local importance and the ability to reinvent itself as a urban landmark, a civic and commercial forum.
Although actually being a large urban empty spot, from a spatial point of view, it’s also true that this characteristic is opposed by an incoherent organization. The first planning move has therefore been intended as a clear and solid signal aimed at cleaning the area and establishing a public place able to claim a central role in the local context, through the definition of rules, in terms of composition and architecture, to interact with the exceptional nature of Monza’s Park. In fact, if this is the main catalyst and green space of Monza and Brianza’s District through a large offer of features and environments, the project appeals to both tourists and locals thanks to a huge flexibility of functions and features.
An unvarying plot for the entire square grants the immediate recognition of the public space as main area for locals and tourists, as opposed to other features of the urban life. The square’s archetype, as a closed and limited place, goes into the planning theory transforming into an artificial topography defining a new asymmetrical and dynamic layout, creating new relationships with the urban context.
The deformations of the square’s plot define main and accessory relationships, and are in turn created by the urban elements seen as most important in forming the urban texture.
On the Eastern side of the square, the inner city becomes the structural element of the area, which by pushing onto the square causes deformations and creases to the horizontal level. These creases become access and defining points of the square-system: along the border of XXV Aprile street, the crease is both protection element for pedestrians against traffic, and scene element thanks to a fountain with water along the sloping side, down to the grid at the bottom.
On the side facing Roma square, the inclined plane is access point to the system, defining the rule for which the contact points and the relationship with the context is defined by the project points at +0.00 of amount.
The inner city is therefore shaping and organizing element of the square, inside which the war memorial becomes central element and not isolated and isolating part anymore.