PIAZZA NERA PIAZZA BIANCA

Client:

Comune di Giussano

 

Year:

2004-2005

 

Program:

Public space

 

Status:

Built

 

Site:

Giussano (MB)

 

Built surface:

1.510 m²

 

Total cost:

317.000 €

Black Square White Square

 
The two churches S.Quirico and Giulitta, built side by side, divided only by a vehicular street, each one with its different yards.
Starting from this particular peculiarity, the project designs two different church yards. So the double spaces confirm the specific character of the site and in the same time gives to the new public space a more adequate measure .
The project shapes two regular carpets, one black, smaller and more intimate than the white one; the black yard, in front of the smaller church, is made of basalt stone; this carpet maintains the same level of the church entrance and designs a little yard with a fountain, divided  with a bench made of unique basalt block. The water fall down in a deep stretch tub, like a small waterfall. Here a concrete bench and a tree create a small rest corner.
This solution allows to have  an open space without handrail.  The stone of this black yard have a relief with two types of cross-shapes: a high relief is formed by a sequence of small crosses that create an anti-slippery surface, while the other bas relief is made of bigger crosses that create the cutting guiding lines.
3 lines of stones are placed to the principal façade like a covering. 
The same material covers a part of the street near the two churches. These stones have relief designed like a pneumatic texture, that create an anti- slippery surface for the cars.
The major church yard is made by a white stone; following the same concept, this space is thought like a large carpet with a stair in front of the church, that goes down to a lower level. This space, in a little monumental way, is perfect to be used during weddings, funerals or procession, to park cars or to take some photos, like in a large stage theatre.