Parco dello Sport Al Maglio, Lugano

Switzerland

The project develops the concept of an integrated sports park, where the naturalistic and landscape components are associated harmoniously with the built components, giving rise to a single large sports and recreational area called the Parco dell Sport.

The project develops the concept of an integrated sports park, where the naturalistic and landscape components are associated harmoniously with the built components, giving rise to a single large sports and recreational area called the Parco dell Sport.

The project develops the concept of an integrated sports park, where the naturalistic and landscape components are associated harmoniously with the built components, giving rise to a single large sports and recreational area called the Parco dello Sport. Coming about as a result of the need to create a new stadium for Lugano to replace a structure that was obsolete and inadequate in terms of safety and the development of the sports sector in which Lugano excels, the Parco dello Sport was conceived to enhance the entire Maglio urban area and bring an abandoned peripheral ward back to life, turning it into a destination of wellbeing for all citizens in a renewed context of the urban landscape. The Parco dello Sport is developed as a new living space for the Lugano area, a large green lung open to all where the necessary sports facilities are welcomed within an oasis of nature and biodiversity near the dense urban fabric that accompanies the green ray of the River Cassarate in its city section.

The project stretches over an area of around 100,000 m². It envisages the creation of a multi-purpose Palazzetto dello Sport, closely connected to the main football field and performing the function of a “link” between various levels of the territory. Organising the theme of connection on an urban scale, the Parco Al Maglio succeeds in closely relating together characterising elements of the territory that, outside of this unitary design, would not have functional affinities: the course of the River Cassarate, a wide, calm and sun-kissed stretch of water, various walkways going from the City to the surrounding woods, contact with the nearby Municipality of Canobbio.

The Parco dello Sport Al Maglio is presented as a conceptual and project-related ring of the conjunction of the Raggio Verde del Cassarate (Green Ray of Cassarate). This major urban regeneration plan develops the territorial connection and the reactivation of the environmental, landscape and social connections along the entire length of the territory traversed by the River Cassarate. The Parco dello Sport fits within the context of the urban ecosystem to create a large natural meadow spread around inside, where there is plenty of free space for the sports fields and the infrastructures necessary for the sports centre. The sports structures, which are relatively rigid and encoded in terms of dimensions and encumbrance, are contrasted with the natural elements of the landscape design (the profile of the escarpments, steps, trees, paths, and walkways).

The project for the Park extends around the football pitches and embraces the entire perimeter of intervention. Particular attention has been devoted to guaranteeing access to the river bank, integrating these interventions of upgrading the bank into the broader context of light mobility, both on foot and by bicycle.

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