Nazario Sauro, Baranzate (Milano), Lombardy, Italy, 2019.
Despite their urban essence that makes them physically part of the city context, the lack of productivity makes leftover buildings foreign and discordant from the urban context, a tone, a dissonance. They are therefore associated with strongly negative connotations: emptiness and uncertainty, which in turn give rise to feelings of instability, uncertainty, disorder, and discomfort in people.
The same applies to immigrant citizens in small towns. They are part of a community, to which they do not fully belong, and to which they do not feel like they give everything they would want to.
Baranzate is a small municipality with a large density of immigrant citizens, and the project INTER NOS wants to offer the city a system of places that speak of and with the foreign citizens' integration journey.
The project of redevelopment of the two small buildings -a church, and a kiosk- take the name of INTER NOS, literally "between us", and is configured as a project that wants to infiltrate the city lines and interact with those who has been living in Baranzate all their life, and with who has just arrived.
The small kiosk will welcome a museum of the stories of the citizens, who will be able to record their memories and their experiences to create a collective memory that involves everyone.
Inside the octagon, 35 screens reproduce simultaneously the various people's confessions, concerning different cultures. Inside it generates an immersive and disorienting atmosphere.
After the user interacts with one of the screens by touching it, the chosen memory is automatically reproduced on all devices, to enable it to be heard clearly.
In the church, a multi-cultural bar will be installed for the citizens, a space in which to share directly the experience of everyday life and in which to write memories for future generations.
Between the two buildings, a floor path with various installations outlines the citizens' experience of relationship with the new urban area.
Leaving the kiosk, it guides users through the square behind it, taking them to the different islands of platforms and confessionals.
Then the line takes visitors to the park square, where it is extruded into more than 400 yellow tubes that create a sound forest, which reproduces dissonant melodies when someone passes by.
In the end, the line enters the interior of the church, crossing the environment and verticalizing into the structures that animate the interior.