Nazario Sauro, Baranzate (Milano), Lombardy, Italy, 2019.
Apophenia is the spontaneous perception of significant connections between phenomena that have no relationship to each other. The concept of "Apophenia", can be easily explained through a video in which two situations, movements, gestures, are placed side by side, that if seen separately they would seem extraneous one to the other, but if placed side by side they complete. The project is developed in the context of Baranzate, a municipality just outside Milan. The buildings analyzed are a deconsecrated church and a kiosk. These have been rethought in their function and activity. During the context analysis, the lack of a city centre, considered as a characteristic place of the country and meeting point, emerged as a problem, recognized by the population. The aim of the project is therefore to establish a clear and recognizable connection between places physically and functionally distant, to create a space that can accommodate and unite all the inhabitants of Baranzate, even in very different age groups.
The concept of apophenia becomes the fil rouge that connects the individual parts of the intervention. The two buildings analyzed are the church, which will become Oralab and the kiosk, which instead will become a re-visit. The macro theme that unites the whole project is that of the word that in the case of the Magazine is written while for Oralab is oral.
"Oralab" is a space where different activities are held for all age groups. The subdivision of the spaces has been made thinking about the typical environments present in a church. So, for example, the choir becomes a loft that houses the editorial staff of the Project Journal, a magazine created by the boys of Baranzate.
In the "Rivisteria" the protagonist is the octagonal plan, where the arrangement of the elements, in addition to following the division into eight segments, is functional to recreate the typical areas of the baptistery. This space serves as a café, but also as a "magazine", a place where you can create and read the Project Journal.
The urban intervention concerns the route that connects the Magazine to Oralab, passing by the library square. The path, in addition to wanting to create a centre for Baranzate, marks the passage from the written word, present in the “Rivisteria”, to the oral word, present in the "Oralab". In the middle of the route are installed arches and passing under them you can hear the notes of various national anthems that correspond to the various cultures mostly present in Baranzate.