The Town of Lovere, one of the “Borghi più Belli d’Italia” (Most Beautiful Villages of Italy), has recently undertaken a redevelopment policy, regarding public places, from a tourist point of view.
The lakefront called “Divisione Acqui”, is characterized by the presence of big cedars, showing the monumental character of the place.
The presence of few public benches are the only concrete evidence to live the space, not just to cross it.
The height difference between the lake and the urban level signed the lakefront as rift between the town and the lake.
These two elements, the lake and the public promenade, never touch themselves; water is perceived only in the distance.
A careful reading of the history maps will show you as the old urban Renaissance grid towards the lake.
The Town of Lovere has shared the solution to get a public promenade into a Place.
In fact we discussed about the best way to get a simple promenade into an experiencing emotional place inside which you can experience the soul of the place: a place in which people meet each other and enjoy the landscape. We have involved the Mayor and his staff, working on a new relationship with water, an amazing idea for a Town overlooking water.
The design process has been extended to public authorities on the navigation control, to the Superintendence of Monumental heritage and the landscape commissions. The project was approved from the Lombardia Region as well as the City of Lovere.
Instead of a simple “duplication” of the lakefront boundary, the project is a sort of hybridization between the Renaissance urban grid and the lake line.
The result is a new “place”, which joins the existing promenade, later becoming a real path on the water. The goal is also to reach a “search for light”, starting from protective shadow under the great cedars to shine of water reflections. The new promenade is different from the “formal” character that characterizes the existing lakefront; it is more “playful” and with a wider use mode.
It’s a place to go as well as a place to stay, to meet, to seeing a landscape. It’s possible to see the town from new perspectives.
The discontinuous planimetric development of the walkway is also reflected in the vertical image; the path, the existing quota, reveals a gap in the two “squares-platforms” lowered.
These two new places are for most time over the water and submerged for short periods, thus marking one of the characteristics of how the excursion of the lake level (1.40m).
The lake can be touched. The structure of the new promenade is a metaphor of the old wooden poles used for berthing of boats. A structure that is apparently “messy” and uneven.
The supporting structure is made entirely of hot galvanized steel with bolt-fixing. The protective barrier is a contemporary reinterpretation of the existing parapet. Locally, where the design of the new walkway dilates creating staging areas, the protection system becomes completely transparent. In these areas, a kind of “quiet places”, the glass barrier allows for greater contemplation of the landscape, without any visual obstruction.
Just completed, the new promenade has become immediately familiar to both residents and tourists. It ‘a real place, unexpected and surprising.
Even those who simply need to pass through, they prefer to use the new promenade, although longer.
It’s a sort of landmark, recognizable and hospitable.
Today is one of the most experienced places of the historic village.