The European two phases Urban Design Competition promoted by the Municipality of Bergamo will transform the centre of the Lower City asking Italian and international designers proposals to overhaul open areas, public squares and spaces and new functions for the discarded buildings.

It asks for participants with multidisciplinary skills and aims at strengthening the role of the Piacentiniano system as the identity generator of the city centre, exploiting urban spaces, reviving commercial activities, re-using existing buildings, promoting social and cultural events and improving the accessibility of the area.

The phase 1 is free, anonymous and open to groups of architects, engineers and technicians graduated in disciplines relevant to the subject of the call. The participants will have to develop a concept plan for the area.

The access to the phase 2 is reserved to the best five proposals. The scale passes from urban to architectural, focusing on two specific areas, “Piazza Dante e Quadriportico” and “Sentierone lato est, nella parte antistante il Teatro Donizetti, e Piazza Cavour.”

A total prize money of 90,000 euros will be given to the finalists: 30,000 euros for the winning design and 15,000 euros for each of the other four proposals. The working project design of the areas of Piazza Dante and the Quadriportico will be entrusted to the winner group.

What is the Piacentiniano Center?

The Piacentiniano Centre was realized in the first thirty years of the 20th Century following a project of the architect Marcello Piacentini and the engineer Giuseppe Quaroni, who won the competition launched in 1907 to transform the area of the former Fair with the proposal “Panorama”. The project gave birth to a service center for the commercial, political, administrative, financial and judicial activities of the city. It is set on a rigid orthogonal plant and redefined the buildings on the “Sentierone”. Many important local and national architects including Giovanni Muzio, Sandro Angelini, Ernesto Suardo and the same Piacentini signed the projects of buildings such as the Headquarters of the Banca d’Italia and the Chamber of Commerce, the Bergamo Bank and the Palace of Justice.

Competition Timeline:
Deadline to request clarification – Phase 1: 26 May 2017 | Deadline Phase 1: 5 July 2017 | Selection of the 5 finalists: by 25 September 2017 | Public meetings for in-depth clarification: October 2017 | Deadline to request clarification – Phase 2: 27 October 2017 | Deadline Phase 2: 28 December 2017 | Winning Project: by 9 February 2018

Prize Money:
Winning project: 30,000 euros | 4 finalists: 15,000 euros each

Organizing Body Municipality of Bergamo | Sole person in charge of the Procedure Arch. Silvia Pergami | Deputy Mayor in charge for Urban Regeneration, Private and Social Housing, Real Estate Asset Arch. Francesco Valesini | Deputy Mayor in charge for Planning and Mobility Arch. Stefano Zenoni | Manager of Town Planning and ERP Department – Project of Interventions for Urban Regeneration Arch. Giorgio Cavagnis | Coordinator Arch. Enrico Bertoletti – TorinoArchitetti | Secretariat Dr. Alice Bosio, Arch. Luca Della Mea

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  • Title

    Call for entries: Concorso Bergamo Centro Piacentiniano
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Built Projects & Masterplans)
  • Website

  • Organizers

  • Submission Deadline

    05/07/2017 12:00
  • Venue

    Piacentiniano Centre in Bergamo
  • Price

    20,00 euros