Pininfarina Re-designs A Seventeenth-century Complex In Cremona

May 04, 2021 - by commARCH
Send this article to a friend
Pininfarina Re-designs A Seventeenth-century Complex In Cremona

Fondazione Stauffer, one of the main Italian private institutions for the promotion of musical culture, activates a strategic partnership with Pininfarina Architecture for the design of the interiors and the fittings of the external areas of the new headquarters of Palazzo Stauffer (formerly Palazzo Stradiotti), a seventeenth-century complex in the heart of the historic center of Cremona.

The building, subject of a recent conservative restoration, is home to the Stauffer Center for Strings: the first international music center entirely dedicated to stringed instruments. The structure, which houses the prestigious Accademia Stauffer, includes a concert hall, classrooms, a cafeteria and a guesthouse organized around a large garden. The project gives the city an ideal place for the training and growth of young national and international talents.


Image Credits: Pininfarina Architecture

 

 

What is the inspiration behind the new design?

Icon of Italian style in the world, Pininfarina Architecture aims to develop innovative design projects, combining architecture and urban planning with the use of cutting-edge technologies. With the desire to reconcile beauty, technology and impact, Pininfarina Architecture intends to respect the stylistic peculiarities of Palazzo Stauffer, reinterpreting them to breathe new life into the complex, bringing it into a contemporary dimension.

The design choices combine functional needs with an aesthetic dimension, which recalls the world of stringed and bowed instruments, to define a new visual identity that tangibly represents the vision and values of the Stauffer Center, while ensuring the highest levels of comfort and perceived well-being. Through an articulated spatial gradient, the project gives shape to spaces capable of welcoming and hosting cultural, educational, recreational activities, responding to the needs of interaction, socialization and exchange of young and extraordinary talents that make the Stauffer Center an excellence in the national and international panorama of higher musical education.

Why is an updated design needed for Palazzo Stauffer?

"Palazzo Stauffer represents an opportunity to rethink and enhance the historical heritage through artistic-cultural initiatives that encourage the dissemination of knowledge in the community" states Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman of the Group, "using architecture and design as active tools for the generation of impact and social innovation."

"Excellence, internationality, innovation and sustainability: these are the guiding principles on which we founded the Stauffer Center" says Paolo Petrocelli, General Manager of the nascent center and of the Stauffer Academy. "From the great tradition of the Italian music school, of which the Accademia Stauffer is the guardian, a unique cultural project comes to life, open to the world, in connection with the present and projected into the future, designed to gather the best energies on Cremona, skills and professionalism of the world music community, in support of the younger generations. Strengthened by our history and our identity, we want to promote a new, increasingly participatory and inclusive artistic vision. We are convinced, in fact, that today an institution for higher musical education should not only prepare and support the artists of tomorrow, but also have the duty to contribute positively to the construction of a better society."

Pininfarina Architecture

Pininfarina, founded in 1930, is an internationally recognized design company. With offices in Italy, Germany, China and the United States, it is a unique worldwide emblem of Italian design. Pininfarina is not only the world leader in automotive design. It has also completed more than 600 projects in different areas over the course of nine decades and has received numerous international architecture awards. Among the most recent awards: the 2016 International Architecture Award for the construction of the Control Tower of the new Istanbul airport and the iF Design Award in recognition for the construction of the Cyrela skyscraper in Sao Paulo. Pininfarina also received the American Architecture (2015) and the German Design Awards (2017).
Acoustic and Sound Control Design Solutions

Acoustic and Sound Control Design Solutions

FREE Live Interactive Webcast - Acoustic and Sound Control Design Solutions

Answering Modern Building Envelope Challenges with Georgia-Pacific's John Chamberlin | cA Weekly Podcast Series

In an ever-evolving market, fresh and innovative solutions are ever-more-needed to meet the needs of building projects. From architects to ...

FREE Newsletters


Acoustic and Sound Control Design Solutions

Acoustic and Sound Control Design Solutions

FREE Live Interactive Webcast - Acoustic and Sound Control Design Solutions

WHITE PAPERS


Reducing the Embodied Carbon of Walls in Industrial Buildings

Reducing the Embodied Carbon of Walls in Industrial Buildings

Kingspan partnered with Kieran Timberlake to quantify how Kingspan can reduce embodied carbon in industrial buildings.

Subscribe Now insta face twitter linkedin
Subscribe Now