The town ofLocarnois famous forits lakeand itsfestivalfor over60 years,welcomes everyevening between7and 8,000visitors.The projectwas born from asimple action: coveringthe small station ofLocarno-Muraltoby a largebalconyplatformon Lake Maggiore. So,on theinfrastructure,laysa largepublic space, thePiazzaGrande,an void spacethat allowsto freely crossthe city andcreate a newcentrality.Around the square, new programscan bearranged: hotel, shops, housing.Small bijou in the heartof the newplace, the newConvention Centerwithflexibleroofsthatopen and closeasthe sidesof a boxof paper,will double thecurrent capacity of thefestival.On thisspectacularroof,may be heldscreenings offilmshaving a view ofthe lake andItaly as a framework.
client FFS Federal Railways, City Council of Muralto, Locarno, Switzerland architect Dominique Perrault Architecture, Paris, France engineering AI Engineering (engineering) , CITEC Ingénieurs Conseils SA (mobility), Gabriel Choukroun / Yves Krawczyk (programatic counseling) location Municipio Muralto, Via Municipio 3, CP 352, 6602 Muralto, Switzerland site area 25 000 m² built area 57 500 m² built volume 200 000 m³ beginning of conceptual design December 2008
program • housing + sevices : 6 500 m² • public deck : 15 000 m² • multimodal transport center : 22 000 m² - FFS (Ferrovie Federalli Svizzere) train station, national train network station - FART (Ferrovie Autolinee Regionali) station, regional train network station - bus station • hotel : 7 500 m² • commercial area : 4 000 m² • convention center : 8 000 m² - auditorium with total aucience capcity of 750 seats - multifunctional space (show-room, exhibition space, meeting rooms, etc.) - lounge, foyer - panoramic roof : terrace with tired seating for open air spectacles and projections • car park : 9 500 m² capacity for 350 vehicles in 3 levels • logistics : 1 500 m²