EFA studio di architettura

Piazza Lorenzo Berzieri

Salsomaggiore Terme, Parma


2008 - 2010

Public space.

Redefining a hitherto fragmented and unresolved spatial identity,
respect and enhance the uniqueness of an object that imposes itself with iconic force in the urban fabric
becoming an important catalyst.

The redevelopment of the public spaces and street furniture around the Lorenzo Berzieri spa in Salsomaggiore Terme extends along an area that surrounds the imposing late Art Nouveau spa building dating back to 1923 on three sides, whose artistic and architectural ambitions amplify its uniqueness and admirable compositional quality.

At a time of concrete re-evaluation of the environmental variable and new attention to the protection and enhancement of the cultural heritage, the project is based on the position that values the definition and rethinking of the open space of the square as an essential starting point for a widespread urban and architectural redevelopment within broader strategies.

The project for the functional redevelopment, redesign and urban reorganisation of Piazza Lorenzo Berzieri and the perimeter pedestrian routes around the plant and their connection to the existing open space system is based on the need to redefine a spatial identity that until yesterday was fragmentary and unresolved and, at the same time, to respect and enhance the uniqueness of an object that imposes itself with iconic force in the urban fabric, becoming an important catalyst element.

The historical image of Piazza Berzieri is reaffirmed by relating the project to the existing fabric, overlapping and redesigning those lines, now faded, that belong to the historical development of the city and which, reinforced by the renewed concept of the square, have taken on a new identity.

The guiding idea contained in the work is that of a flexible space to be lived in and enjoyed, at the same time, in its entirety and in its parts, linked both to daily life and to exceptional occasions: a space, that is, in which the individual feels "contained" but free to decide on his or her own permanence.

The reorganisation of the open spaces, through the new pedestrianisation, has focused attention on tourists and citizens, aiming to restore space and environmental quality to people and their relationship with the monument. These functions are enhanced by the design of the urban elements that compose it, aimed at increasing the sociality and liveability of the place.



Ing. Ombretta Capellini, Ing. Elena Cortesi

Ing. Rossano Varazzani


Marco Buzzoni
Marco Introini