SATOSHI OKADA
ARCHITECTS

Villa Emma main

FONDAZIONE VILLA EMMA - 2ND PRIZE

During the years of WWII a group of Jewish youth coming from Eastern Europe was sheltered and hidden in the historical town of Nonantola, close to Modena.

Thanks to the efforts of the local population, the persecuted young boys and girls could escape deportation and reach Switzerland safely.

The Foundation Villa Emma -named after the estate where the young Jews were hosted- studies the history of racial persecutions and conducts researches about the most recent phaenomena related to migrations. With an open competition, the Foundation demanded the project of its new headquarters as well as a broader strategy to better connect its activities with the urban and regional context. The awarded proposal envisioned a low building complex formed by pure, transparent shapes protruding out of a solid brick spine. Around and between them a lush garden would connect the Foundation with the public realm.

LOCATION
Nonantola, Modena, IT
PROGRAM
Cultural foundation
YEAR
2018
SIZE
645 sqm
STRUCTURE
Reinforced masonry, reinforced concrete, steel
LEAD ARCHITECT
Satoshi Okada
TEAM
Daiki Kamiike, Thibault Mazevet, Lucia Rocchelli, Lisa Tomiyama, Robert Vicentini
COLLABORATORS
LANDSCAPE DESIGN:
LANDsrl Italia
MEP DESIGN:
Transsolar KlimaEngineering
STRUCTURAL DESIGN:
Sismica360

To Page Top