The building conceived as a living organism, contains green retail activities, eco-sustainable and social responsibility oriented.
The Green Pea project in Turin will be the first realization in Italy of a format of green retail, oriented to issues of eco-sustainability and social responsibility; it is a multi-purpose commercial center of about 10,000 square meters, commissioned by Eataly Real Estate s.r.l. to the architects Cristiana Catino and Negozio Blu Architetti Associati.
The building joins the first Eataly food and wine center, designed by the same team in 2007, and completes the redevelopment of the former Carpano Lingotto industrial area.
The cornerstone of the project is the a steel rib structure that defines a sort of permeable shell of wooden sunblinds: this is an organic form that envelops the commercial volumes and makes the building breathe, protecting it from the sun. Vegetation is inserted through this structure, becoming a very architectural material; the building appears as a natural organism that vibrates according to the light and the growth of vegetation, thus representing the eco-compatibility concept of the new format at the urban architectural scale.
The relationship between natural and mineral is a common trait, from the tree-lined pedestrian square at the foot of the building to the rooftop, which is conceived as a sort of “fifth façade” equipped as a large hanging green roof.
Architectural solutions and the use of renewable energy sources allow high energy efficiency and the reduction of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere; the green roof mitigates the environmental impact.
The different floors contain exhibition and sales spaces while an entertainment area with restaurant, swimming pool and cocktail bar overlook the green roof. The spatial layout is based on an immediate recognizability of the paths, on the widespread use of natural light, to underline with the green, the design relationship between interior and exterior.
Address: Lingotto – Via Nizza – Turin
Property: Eataly Real Estate s.r.l.
Architect Cristiana Catino – Turin and Negozio Blu Architetti Associati – Turin
CEAS Structural analysis center S.r.l. – Milan
S.A.P.I. – Turin
STUDIO RIGONE – Milan
Summary of project data: Start of work – December 2018 – End of works -August 2020-
Format: Retail Park – Shopping Center and services
Gross floor area: sqm. 10,500
Sale area: mq. 5,600
N. sales spaces: 35
Services areas, restaurant and wellness: mq. 4,900
Levels: 4 above ground
No. of parking spaces: 500
Conctacts and Info:
Architect Cristiana Catino:
M. +39 335. 694. 47.31
ACC Arch. Cristiana Catino – Negozio Blu Architetti Associati
Architect Cristiana Catino (1965)
Graduated in 1990 at the Politecnico di Torino, she began collaborating in several firms in Italy and abroad, such as Arch. A. Bruno in Turin (1990-1991) and Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris (1991-1993).
From 1993 to 2015 she is a founding member of “Negozio Blu Architetti Associati”.
Ranging from the field of restoration and new buildings, to interior and exterior furnishings, from the long experience in design services of innovative retail and luxury residential and hotels design, she set a particular attention on issues of sustainability, bioclimatic design and architecture’s inclusion in landscape. In 2016 she established the firm “ACC naturale architettura”.
Among the most relevant works :Eataly’s first food center (2007 + Negozio Blu), design of urban gardens and green spaces, a scattered Hotel in the Langhe Vineyard (2017), WOPA_City Cultural Center in Parma (competition 1° prize + Plac) (2016-2018), Sardinian Villas (2016-2017), Orbassano (To) Urban Planning (2017).
Negozio Blu Architetti Associati:
The office is currently formed by Gustavo Ambrosini, Paola Gatti, Carlo Grometto, who established the studio in Turin in 1993 together with Cristiana Catino (member up to 2015) and Mauro Penna (up to 2013). They are born in 1965 and graduated at Politecnico of Turin.
Main former factory reuse projects: CCL offices, Genova (2004), AC Hotels (2005), Eataly centre (2007), showroom Buratti (2009), Codebò company (2013), Santander Consumer Bank offices (2018) in Turin. They worked on the transformation of Savona Vecchia Darsena: footbridge (1998) and mixed-use Complesso della Torre (2007, with R. Bofill).
They realized several collective and single residential buildings in Turin and nearby mountain areas, (Matteotti 61 and Bardonecchia viale Callet received OAT Architetture Rivelate prize).
In 2009 they were winners (with R. Rigamonti) of CEI Competition 1st Prize “New churches 2008”, new parish centre in Racalmuto (completion 2019).