A 31 NORTH MOTORWAY

Travelling with nature

Year
2011

The A 31 Nord Valdastico is a motorway that cuts across the foothills of the Alps in Veneto, providing a fast connection between Vicenza and Trento. The project adopted new conceptual tools in its approach to the environment, working with the surroundings rather than against them.

La A 31 Nord Valdastico è un bypass che attraversa il massiccio delle Prealpi Venete collegando rapidamente Vicenza a Trento. Il progetto utilizza strumenti concettuali nuovi nell’approccio all’ambiente, lavorando con il paesaggio anziché contro di esso.

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Client
Autostrade Brescia Verona Vicenza Padova SpA
Location
Piovene Rocchette (Vicenza)-Besenello (Trento) 
Status
In progress
Size
79 km
Team
director of the project Flavio Albanese

Flavio Albanese
founder & partner

Flavio Albanese (1951), is founder and president of Asastudio. A self-taught man whose training did not follow the more usual academic route, he began to show interest in shapes and design as a very young boy, and he gradually added many strings to his bow in all sectors of architecture and design. He has held courses at the École Polytechinique Fédérale in Lausanne and at the Art Institute in Chicago (1980), at Yale University (1983), at the University of Architecture in Delft (2005), at the University of Florida (2006), at the Fundacion Proa de Buenos Aires (2008) and frequently at the most important Italian universities. He has also held two workshops at the international summer school of the Architecture School in Venice in 2009 and 2010. He was a member of the Confindustria Vicenza committee from 1998 to 2001, the Domus Academy Scientific Committee (2004-2005) and the MIart Committee of Honour (2009 and 2010), director of the Officina del Porto di Palermo (2006-2008), vice president of the Andrea Palladio Architecture Firms International Centre (2011-2015) and president of the Fondazione Teatro Comunale Città di Vicenza (2010-2016). From 2007 to 2010 he was asked to head Domus, the prestigious international architecture, design and contemporary art magazine. Together with his brother France, he founded Asastudio in Vicenza in 1987, whose projects have appeared in the most important architecture and design magazines. The Neores project was selected for the Mies van der Rohe Foundation European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, and Asastudio took part in Venice's Architecture Biennial in 2004 and 2006. Flavio is an avid reader and bibliophile (his library, which is open to the rest of the firm, contains more than 15,000 volumes) and he is a connoisseur and collector of contemporary art. He is currently a member of the Unicredit Triveneto Advisory Board.

Franco Albanese

Franco Albanese
partner & executive director

Franco Albanese (born in Vicenza in 1958) has worked in the world of architecture and design since 1976. He graduated from the Architecture School in Venice in 1986 and the year after he founded Asastudio in Vicenza with his brother Flavio. Since then he has been the firm's CEO and Technical Manager, and this role has led him to playing his part in the creation, development and execution of the most important projects. As designer and operations manager he oversaw: the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Padua (1997); “Neores”, the production site and headquarters of Sinv Spa in Schio, Vicenza, (selected for the Mies van der Rohe Foundation European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture in 2003); the project for the Town Hall of the Municipality of Grumolo delle Abbadesse, Vicenza (1999); “Morimondo 17”, the industrial reconversion of the Sinv spa premises in Milan (2000); the headquarters of Margraf in Chiampo, in the province of Vicenza (2006); and the redevelopment of the “Cava di Mursia” on Pantelleria (2010). He also supervised the design of the Mestre bypass (2004), the “Rocco Forte Verdura Resort” in Sciacca, in Sicily (2005), the expansion of Pantelleria Airport (2006) and the new Rinascente in Palermo (2007). In recent years, he has increasingly concentrated on reconverting urban industrial areas, which has become a key theme of Asastudio's philosophy.

project administrator Piero Corradin

Piero Corradin
head of projects

Piero Corradin graduated from the Iuav Architecture School in Venice in 2002 and in the same year began working as an architect with Asastudio. Some of the most important projects Piero has worked on include the urban redevelopment of a quarter in Beijing to an OMA masterplan (2007), the new branch of Banca Popolare in Marostica (2006), the new headquarters of AFV Acciaierie Beltrame in Vicenza (2007), the bid for the new Exhibition Centre in Vicenza (2008), and the international bid “Recupero della cava di Mursia” on the island of Pantelleria (2010). In 2012 he took part in the Hybrid Tower project in Mestre (Venice) and in the design for the architectural layout of Verona's trolleybus system. In 2008 he was a tutor for PreVisioni, the international workshop on the future masterplan for Vicenza; and at the 2009 and 2010 summer workshops of the Iuav Architeecture School in Venice. Since 2014 Piero has been Asastudio's Head of Projects.

team Andrea Garzotto

Andrea Garzotto
architect

Andrea is an architect who specialises in image rendering of projects and 3D models and joined Asastudio in 2007. Virtual rendering and 3D models are a key aspect of every level in architectural projects, which is why Andrea is involved in all the firm's most important projects. Besides rendering images, he also works in interior design and architectural design. After spending a year and a half in Porto, where he fell in love with black and white images, he graduated in architecture from the IUAV in Venice in 2006. In December 2012, he opened "Incipit", a collective space and laboratory for the visual arts. Andrea is a freelance photographer, and considers himself to be a precursor to selfies and a wannabee biker. Travelling is an integral part of his life and his photography. He loves the Berghain in Berlin and wines that have bubbles.

Giuseppe Santonocito

Giuseppe Santonocito
content researcher

Giuseppe studied philosophy in Venice and Paris, completing his research doctorate in 2006. Since 2007 has managed Asastudio's communications, dealing with new acquisitions for the Library and taking part in key concept and project philosophy planning. From 2007 to 2010 he was a regular contributor to Domus magazine, providing articles, research and reviews, as well as working as editor on the books section for several editions. Before joining ASA, he was assistant librarian at the Museum of Modern Art in Ca' Pesaro in Venice (from 2001 to 2005). As a freelance copywriter he has produced concepts and text for various projects, working with the digital storyteller Felice Limosani on “Il sole sui tetti” 2011 and 2012, with the Fondazione Gaetano Marzotto for the Progetto Marzotto 2013, and with Intertrade Group and Agenzia del Contemporaneo for Pitti Fragranze 2014. He was a tutor at the summer workshop of the Architecture School in Venice in 2009 and 2010. The often exceedingly loud music blaring through his AKG headphones includes Radiohead (and never Coldplay), he loves wide open spaces that aren't very city-like, such as Berlin, and he prefers red wine to white.

Giovanni Schiavotto —

Giovanni Schiavotto

Giacomo Tomasini

Giacomo Tomasini
architect

Giacomo is an architect and joined Asastudio in 2006. As a designer, he has tackled a wide range of architectural themes, which is no small achievement with Italian firms today. The long list of projects he has taken on includes the new exhibition centre in Vicenza, the Hybrid Tower in Mestre, the tender for the A31 North motorway, and the Noero Gallery in Turin. Before joining Asastudio, Giacomo worked at other architecture firms, while also teaching at the IUAV in Venice from (2004 to 2012) and at the MIUR (2014) as a lecturer in geometric and architectural design. He is a fan of typography and his favourite book in the Asa Library is "The Loser" by Thomas Bernhard. At the moment, he's probably listening to The Acid Kings on his headphones.

Partners
Consorzio Raetia

The A31 North motorway aims to be a new benchmark among Italy’s infrastructure projects, raising design awareness to the level of the very best European works. The issue of the countryside is no longer considered to be a hindrance to creating infrastructure but a point of reference: the “horizon” towards which the project is built. Three concepts are key to its development:  1/environmental compensation, 2/a low-impact approach, 3/ appealing workmanship. In this way, the A31 North will play an important role in the new Valle d’Astico landscape.

La A31 Nord aspira a definire il nuovo benchmark di infrastruttura in Italia, innalzando la sensibilità progettuale al livello delle grandi opere europee. La tematica del paesaggio non è più considerata un ostacolo alla realizzazione dell’ infrastruttura, ma un riferimento: l’orizzonte insieme a cui si costruisce il progetto. Tre key-concepts guidano il suo sviluppo: 1/risarcimento ambientale, 2/logica del minor impatto, 3/ bellezza del manufatto. La A31 Nord diventa in questo modo il dispositivo generatore del nuovo paesaggio della Valle dell’Astico.

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