Urban – Multifunctional – Cultural
Client: Fondazione CRC – Comune di Cuneo
Status: Design – Competition entry
Location: Cuneo, ITA
With: Murielle Leucker
The CUCU – Contenitore Urbano CUneo – has been imagined as an open, porous, and plural public space: a flexible urban interior intended to house and stimulate the cultural and productive buzz of the city.
The project envisages the partial recovery of the existing perimetral masonry structure whose historical and identitary value is recognized and emphasized through a gesture of stratification and re-interpretation in a city that develops on and with its heritage. The intervention won’t erase the signs of time freezing the current state of decay in order to maintain the picturesque aura of the building.
The first architectural operation will show the extroverted and welcoming character of the building through the opening of a wide passage on the facades parallel to Via Sette Assedi. The formerly introverted building will then let the city penetrate into its belly. The ground floor is indeed intended as an inner continuation of the square. Foyer, bookshop, and cafeteria are positioned on this level.A new shed roofing will be juxtaposed on the slab along Via Sette Assedi generating an upper floor for exhibition spaces. These spaces will continue in the new volume inserted in the area next to Corso Kennedy. A flexible conference center including workshops will be hosted in the ground floor of this volume that will also have office spaces at the top floor.