Multifunctional Art and Culture Centre

From the forms of the landscape, spaces for the energies of the territory

The Sport and Cultural Center completes the services network of the Municipality of Bondeno, offering citizens new gathering spaces related to the diffusion of culture.

The project is located in the immediate vicinity of the historic center, in an area well connected with the rest of the urban and strategic context, with a playful and sporty appearance thanks to the presence of an important planted area.

The intervention consists of two cylindrical buildings that are inspired by the typical forms of the country’s rural landscapes, such as silos or hay bales. The intent is to give residents a building not “imposed from above”, a stranger to the area, but a building that stems from traditions of the place, its distinctive features – recognizable and close to the people.

Each cylinder will have distinct functions. The larger building has a large hall of 250 square meters with an extremely flexible structure, which will be used for conferences, theater performances, exhibitions and light sports activities (aerobics, yoga, gymnastics for the elderly, etc.). Total capacity is 220 seats, divided between the hall and the upper galleries. Completing the structure are a foyer and service areas.
The smaller cylinder is used for educational activities and promotion of the wine and gastronomic specialties of the area.

The construction technique combines steel and wood. The circular walls are fully glazed in order to optimize natural lighting and visual permeability. A steel screen shields the windows from the sun to optimize indoor radiation and passive heating. A system of photovoltaic panels covering the roof of the larger cylinder guarantees the production of electricity for use in both buildings.


Mario Cucinella Architects: Mario Cucinella, Marco Dell’Agli with Valentino Gareri
Project team: Mirco Bianchini, Francesco Galli, Valentino Gareri, Federico La Piccirella, Clelia Zappalà
Visual: Paris render studio
Photo credit: Daniele Domenicali, MCArchive
Mechanical Design: Ing. Riccardo Giannoni
Electrical Design: Studio tecnico P.S.
Structural Design: Sarti Ingegneria
Computation: Geom. Roberto Guidi
Fire Consultant: Ing. Gabriele Raffellini


Mechanical: Studio Zecchini s.r.l.
Electrical: Pampuri s.r.l.
Structural: Ing. Chierici, Ing. Patrick Falcini
Construction Manager: Arch. Marco Dell’Agli
Safety Coordination: Ing. Luca Lenzi
Quality control: Ing. Lorenzo Travagli


Parent Company: Stone s.r.l.
Systems: Aleberti & Tagliazucchi s.r.l.
Steel: Cometa s.r.l.

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