Arena Park is an extensive open-air structure under construction in Reggio Emilia, Italy, that will provide live events and greenspace for the community.
The arena, occupying a 20-hectare site, is located in the Campovolo area, in Reggio Emilia. Conceived for live open-air musical events, the structure will include a greenspace for international events, a concert area for national events and a reception area “where light and temporary structures can be erected facilitating the management of the reception of the crowds at both large-scale and smaller events”.
Designed by a team composed of Iotti + Pavarani Architetti, Tassoni&Partners and Lauro Sacchetti Associati, the construction works have been ongoing since April 2018. Organised around specific requirements, the project puts in place an urban park close to the city, “using the non-operational part of the air-field to carry out new functions and avoiding the concreting over of green areas”.
“The design for the Arena Park is intended to make up an organic, unitary and easily recognisable system,” state the team. “It provides a number of different uses for the open space, offering different opportunities, each with its own positive effect on the social, cultural and economic life of the city and wider territory.”
The sustainable intervention maximises accessibility and security, thanks to the proximity of both the ordinary and high-speed railway stations. Interfering on a landscape level, the terrain is remodelled in order to create an organic network of pathways. Accesses are unified and spaces are easily recognisable. From the reception area to the event arena, the project represents a discreet landmark with a strong presence.
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