From Realtà Mapei International n° 71 - 11/12/2018
Over the last eighteen months, the urban fabric of the city of Cagliari (Sardinia Island, Italy) has undergone significant transformation in the area which was formerly the site of the Zedda-Piras distillery, renowned for its “Mirto” and “filu’e ferru” liqueurs.
The towering chimney, a romantic symbol of its past, will certainly be one of the remaining features of its prestigious history. Apart from the chimney, little will remain to remind us of the factory and what it represented for many decades.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of the distillery, a new multi-functional building has been built, one of the most beautiful and functional the city has seen in the last twenty years, to provide housing and office space.
The first lot of the work involved completing half of this radical conversion project, which will then be followed by the transformation of the older part of the area where the iconic chimney will be left standing, acting as a kind of guardian for the new, modernised area with offices, homes and various cultural services.
It is the pencil of the Tonino Fadda design studio that has given form to this geometrical masterpiece, with lines and perspectives rising above the very heart of Cagliari in an area of considerable urban interest, but above all an area of historic significance considering its former use.
“We have now constructed two buildings and we will shortly complete work in the so-called new part of the area”, declared with satisfaction Tonino Fadda, owner of the studio. “Once this phase has been completed, we will dedicate our efforts to the older part of the area, which will involve a more conservative kind of work. We will leave the chimney standing and work on the factory to convert it into offices, quality homes for the elderly, a jazz club and numerous other beautiful spaces designed to host cultural projects and events”.
The complex, which was inaugurated recently, is made up of two imposing structures with outstanding aesthetic appeal overlooking a large, central piazza to preserve the privacy and tranquillity of local residents.
The buildings have been constructed using the latest anti-seismic measures and have large underground carparks, shops and bars on the ground floor and first floor and presti-gious apartments on the two upper floors.
The outside of the buildings is of a unique and truly original design, characterised by large windows, terraces overlooking the central piazza and pure white façades that come together into a pointed form, much like the bow of a large ship.