Eco-Cocoon - Green Academy

Renewal of a former paper factory in Marzabotto / Bologna, Italy

Finalist Mention, International Architectural Competition
Honorable Mention, 'Best Project 2012-2016' category, DOMES Awards 2017

We believe ecology is recycling of ideas, materials and objects
To recycle old into new, our proposal takes what exists and looks at it in a new way. Recycling becomes pragmatic and creative. We design an eco-cocoon that includes buildings and nature, old and new elements. The eco-cocoon is a filter, a canvas, a scaffolding with a strong iconic figure. In its surface, all sort of experimental panels for sustainable energy and eco-friendly materials are tested.
On the ground level, the old factory is transformed into a space for start-ups. On the two upper floors, we design an eco-science museum. Research laboratories are inserted in the museum and research becomes part of the exhibits. On top of the old factory, we design the terrace with all sort of different plants. The part of the factory with the characteristic square roofs is transformed into a children’s museum. Space is left untreated, rough, evoking memory of the past, while allowing the new program to take over. A life-style center for food and drink opens up to the forum, which hosts bazaars, exhibitions, gatherings and activities. Three linear blocks form the school – research – training center, dedicated to the culture of ecology and sustainability.





Architectural Design: Rena Sakellaridou, Morpho Papanikolaou | SPARCH Sakellaridou / Papanikolaou Architects

Collaborating Architects: N. Apergis A. Georgiadis, N. Tsompikou G. Papanikolaou, A. Verteouri, A. Vasileiou

Students: D. Pouniou, Z. Kokogia, P. Vryza, K. Venieris, A. Carrer Vives, M. Vollas


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