Stefano Boeri designs the Village of Food for Amatrice

The conviviality of a “piazza”, the pleasure of food and the restoration of local gastronomic tradition, social interaction triggered by sharing. Small but fundamental elements that can bring back hope, positivity and new prospects for a town so hard hit and damaged as Amatrice, which still bears the indelible signs of the earthquake that destroyed the city last August.

These are the elements underpinning the design of the star architect, Stefano Boeri, the new Village of Food in Amatrice, that uses structures made from prefabricated modular elements in wood to house a school canteen (around 490 square metres with 150 seating places, an open bar area and service areas) and nine restaurants of different sizes – from 85 to 500 square metres –  that rise up around a central open space with green areas, seating, lighting and even a temporary installation in wood.

“A piazza, where local produce can be enjoyed, certainly,  but also a place to meet up, play and be together in a multifunctional, covered area with a large window facing the Sibillini Mountains,” explained Stefano Boeri.

The canteen was inaugurated on Friday, 23 December, the first major milestone in the construction of the new Village. The work was carried out thanks to funds for earthquake victims collected by the Corriere della Sera and the TV news department of the channel La7 through the “Immediate help” joint initiative that, since 1997, has been a reliable option for those who want to contribute to works of public benefit in the aftermath of catastrophic events.

The reopening of the canteen begins the process of reconstruction under the Love Amatrice project, thanks to the design contribution of the architect Stefano Boeri and the operational contribution of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Innova Fvg, Filiera del Legno Fvg and Artemide.  A major challenge in which the entire staff of Stefano Boeri Architects were engaged, an innovative project entirely in wood, constructed in very little time in order to help overcome a dramatic emergency. “We have shown,” said the architect, “ that, in an emergency, quality, earthquake-proof buildings can be constructed with wood, providing a long-term solution that can also last long after the emergency.”