“Ring it Up!” Designed by SLASH Architects. Architectural project report of the named project:
Mappano, a small settlement close to the Italian city of Turin, has not yet developed its identity. As designers, we got our motivation to participate in the competition from the transformative effect of the sports complex idea that could make this campus a new center. It was our goal to create a new center of attraction in planning that would add sports, education, culture and recreation facilities to the region, which had spent many years as a swamp, and support the formation of new campuses.
The integrative and strong character of sports will re-create the city, supported by recreation and entertainment areas, and the new Mappano residents will keep the city alive its identity. Planning, which will bring a new way of life to Mappano, will set up a new sports center in Italy.
One of the main backbones of the project was developed to define compact reinforcement areas and zones and to define them with the rings connecting them. The links that provide pedestrian and vehicle transportation also enable walking, running and cycling routes. These connection routes also determine the boundaries and forms of the buildings, in other words, accessibility is the most basic principle of planning. User circulation plays the most important role in defining and shaping this large area.
The recreation belt (green belt) and the transportation belt play an integrative role in the unification of the two different regions discussed in the competition. The park area in the south of the plots has also been made a part of the project thanks to the green belt. While planning a compact sports complex, activities are densely zoned in the plot in the west, and a living space that allows privacy but is sufficient in itself is designed in the plot in the east.
Vehicle transportation belt, which is one of the main belts, provides value to all facilities and short transportation for each. Vehicle parking areas built on the periphery along this vehicle road make the Arena zone, Museum zone, sports and education zone and Hotel zone usable. Each region and operation are designed in typologies suitable for their identities. The complex areas framed by the vehicle belt are interconnected with a highly accessible recreation band that prioritizes pedestrian access. In this way, the flow of visitors to the sports complex is ensured organically.
The green belt from the south of the plot ensures that all intervention areas are connected organically. The protection of all green tissue in the project area is one of the main acknowledgments of the project and it is supported by a green belt. The green belt band formed by the axes that inspire and transform the city’s own grid supports the pedestrian access of the city dwellers to the area.
The sub-transportation bands defined in the project support different regional identities and help to build them together. The belts that create short cycles for pedestrian transport meet with the green belt by bridging from time to time.
The intervention of the architects was designed in harmony with and respecting the human scale and preserving the existing natural elements. All designed structures have a strategy in themselves, and it is a proposal for the characters of different typologies. Identifying the regions where these characteristic structures are located and supporting them with recreation areas are at the forefront. Sports, education, entertainment and trade facilities are evenly distributed throughout the region, maximizing the use of the area. Housing areas are located close to the center but in a way that protects the privacy of the residents.