The Prati di Tivo Piazza at Gran Sasso will create a new community plaza at the base of the Gran Sasso Mountains, the highest in the Apennines. The three new building elements are all articulated yet subordinate to the view of the great stone mountain. The buildings shape a new space to be enjoyed by the regional community and visitors worldwide.
Phase I includes the public piazza, pools, and fountains, and a sliced spherical pavilion inspired by paintings of Giorgio Morandi, constructed on the foundations of a former ski lift. The geothermally heated and cooled pavilion has five apartments and a café/bar. Phase II includes renovation and expansion of an existing 1950s concrete structure to feature a spa, restaurant, and eleven hotel rooms. Phase III includes underground parking and a 42-room hotel of CLT wood construction with balcony rooms facing the mountain.
All three new structures are roofed in pre-weathered Verdigris copper and are geothermally heated and cooled, employing the latest sustainable materials and techniques to achieve the highest ecological standards.
- Steven Holl Architects
Steven Holl (design architect, principal)
Dimitra Tsachrelia (partner in charge)
Wenying Sun (project architect)
Michael Haddy, Maxwell Funk, Yining He (project team)