Thanks to its linearity and lightness, it’s possible to recognize in the building the same calmness of the surrounding landscape.
Designed by the Italian Architectural firm act_romegialli, the Rowers’ Hall Moto Guzzi is a warehouse located just above the Lake of Como. The project received a Piranesi Award Honorable Mention in 2012.
The project is composed by two pavilions that fully embody the archetype of the warehouse: a long building with a double pitched roof. The two parts are connected on the long side by a technical and service core. In spite of the two pavilions’ contiguity and similarity, the roofs are completely independent.
On the lakefront, a long and transparent glass surface lets people enjoy the view from the interior. The walls have a natural and sculptural finish: you can see the pattern of the OBS panels in which the concrete has dried. The glass façade and the wood-like concrete harmonize the massive warehouse with the beauty of the site.
Some other materials were chosen to recall local traditions. Roofs are realized with zinc-plated sheets, the same material used in the old jetties, the landing stages where people wait for the ferry. The external tympanum is covered by Ficus Pumila, according to a vernacular custom for farmsteads.
Using simple materials and a linear design, the architects have been able to build a light and evanescent architecture. The Rowers’ Hall Moto Guzzi pavilion is nicely in line with the calm and peaceful landscape: both characterized by faint colors and pure beauty.