Urban regeneration reaches soaring heights at the Parco Dora in Turin, Italy, where German landscape-architectural office Latz + Partner have created a park that gives the city’s inhabitants a new public space to encounter and enjoy, while referencing Turin’s proud industrial heritage.
The site – which was formerly home to the Fiat Ferriere Piemontesi steel and sheet-metal works and a Michelin tyre factory – is shaped by the vestiges of industrial production: the metal works’ large hall in the centre of the park, the Michelin cooling tower, the substructure of an old laminating works, and a concrete canal, lined with rows of massive supports. Like a game of archeology, the past reveals itself, albeit in an abstracted away, to contemporary visitors.
A 700-metre-long elevated walkway made of steel connects various sections of the park, while tree-planting is used to define space and create buffer zones to screen public recreation areas from nearby residential housing.
Here’s more on the project from Latz + Partner:
“The industrialisation of Turin began at the end of the 19th century along the banks of the River Dora. It reached its zenith in the early 20th century with the construction of the Fiat Ferriere Piemontesi steel and sheet metal works and the Michelin tyre factory. The factories shut down in the general decline of the industry during the 1980s. They left a large area of urban dereliction in the city centre, in addition to many small pockets of disused land.
“An urban renewal programme (Programma di Riqualificazione Urbana PRIU) was launched in 1998 to regenerate these areas of post-industrial dereliction and to give them a new use. Reminiscent of a necklace, the interventions line up along a development axis called the “spina” (backbone). With 45 hectares “Spina 3” is the largest project within the comprehensive structural redevelopment. Due to the positive inclusion of its industrial heritage the Parco Dora signifies a new understanding of inner urban landscapes that reflects the transition of society.
“The park comprises five separate areas (“Lotti“), three of which are named after the industrial companies that used to occupy the site: Ingest, Vitali and Michelin, in addition to Valdocco North and Corso Mortara, situated above the new tunnel. The site is dominated by the River Dora, main traffic arteries and new residential areas, but its true and unique character is derived from the remnants of its industrial past.
“The connection between the park‘s five areas and the links into the surrounding neighbourhoods were an essential element in the sustainable concept for the new park. The aim was to incorporate the individual character of each area, to strengthen and enhance them with new elements and create a unified park experience.”