Rogers Stirk Harbour completes Nuovo Centro Civico project in Italy

2 December 2013 (Last Updated December 2nd, 2013 13:00)

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has completed the Nuovo Centro Civico project in Scandicci, Italy.

Nuovo Centro Civico project

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has completed the Nuovo Centro Civico project in Scandicci, Italy.

The development will feature a cultural centre, an office building and apartments, as well as a tram station that links the town to the centre of Florence.

The buildings have been built around a piazza, focusing a series of activities from public to private, for the whole community.

RSHP said materials were carefully selected to respond to local building traditions and that "a calm, contemporary architectural language" binds the buildings together despite their varying functions.

Richard Rogers said the project will mark a change and indicate a new direction for the next 20 years of development of Scandicci.

"I believe that we have created something truly special and I hope that the legacy of this project will continue to develop for many years to come," Rogers said.

The newly finished buildings are part of an urban plan commissioned by the Scandicci Council in 2003 and will transform the area from a disconnected satellite town into a renewed city hub.

Scandicci mayor Simone Gheri said the opening for the project marks the start of a new era for Scandicci, which now has a centre like the one in central Florence.

"It is not a point of arrival, but rather a starting point. If we place ourselves in the middle of the square and appreciate the beauty of the new space and the harmony of the dimensions, we feel with real confidence that our city has a great future."


Image: The Nuovo Centro Civico project will feature a cultural centre and an office building. Photo: Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.