19 June 2014
Nuovo Centro Civico, Scandicci is one of 12 buildings to win the RIBA EU Awards. The judges commended ‘the admirable strategic ambition of the project: the regenerating impact of the new tram system, the public hall, the well-detailed facades of the shops, the generosity of the business spaces and the housing.’
The Nuovo Centro Civico is the new heart of Scandicci - a town located four miles southwest of Florence, Italy - designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) and DA.Studio. It is the first completed project in the country by RSHP.
The newly finished buildings are part of a wider urban plan commissioned by the Scandicci Council in 2003 and will transform the area from a disconnected satellite town into a renewed city hub. The development consists of a cultural centre, an office building and apartments, as well as a tram station that connects the town to the centre of Florence. These buildings are oriented around a piazza, focusing a series of activities from public to private, for the whole community. Materials were carefully selected to respond to local building traditions and a calm, contemporary architectural language binds the buildings together despite their varying functions. The result is a restrained architectural aesthetic that directs attention towards the setting rather than the buildings themselves.
RSHP’s masterplan viewed Scandicci within the wider context – not as a suburb of Florence but as a ‘destination’ within the Tuscany region. In this way Scandicci’s status has been enhanced as a pivotal town linking Florence with other major hubs such as Pistoia and the Chianti area.