Villa della Regina, Turin | new entrance pavilion
International architectural competition
Competition promoter: Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali. Direzione per i beni culturali e paesaggistici del Piemonte.
Design: Bianchini & Lusiardi Associati
Our design proposal for the expansion of a listed building of an extreme historical and architectural relevance such as Villa della Regina in Turin was based on a thorough investigation on the signs already present in the site, and on two inter-connected design strategies. The first strategy was aimed to create a strong visual and functional relationship between the new entrance pavilion and its context, especially the historical palace. The second strategy – which was inspired by the past presence of an old orangery, now lost, in the building lot – envisaged the creation of a visually permeable facade, neither an opaque wall nor a totally transparent facade but a vibrant perforated screen whose texture was inspired by the leaves, trunks, and branches of the citrus trees which were once stored in the orangery in winter.
© Bianchini & Lusiardi Associati