L'Aquila, Italy
Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, Dipartimento della Protezione Civile Consorzio Forcase
  • Structural and Architectural Design: GPA

In 2009, GPA has won the competition for the reconstruction of some of the areas affected by the earthquake in the Abruzzi. 
The GPA project involves the construction of six buildings placed on as many plates seismically isolated.

The main design features are:
• houses built in a maximum of six months, to accommodate 12.000 displaced;
• sophisticated anti-seismic building;
• using high-performance insulating materials to ensure indoor comfort;
• sustainable architecture, eco-friendly.

The project was born from the need to work on short notice, ensuring high standards of comfort.
The structure is made of a system of walls cast in situ using special formwork that remains part of the building as insulation. The concrete core wall provides the structural strength, while the formwork is the insulation, which is then finished with plaster and paint. This type of structure works optimally with the seismic-insulating base plates and allows the works to be done in a very short time. The buildings are equipped with solar panels and advanced passive cooling systems. In other words, these residences use 50% less energy than regular homes.