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Green Village in Cittadella, Padova, Italy by Studio Bressan

Project name:
Green Village
Architecture firm:
Studio Bressan
Cittadella, Padova, Italy
Emanuele Bressan
Principal architect:
Andrea Bressan, Anna Agostini
Design team:
Executing companies: EdilRodighiero, Nico Velo S.p.a, Termoidraulica Sbrissa S.r.l.; Text by Marika Scaduto
Built area:
4.400 m²
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Tools used:
Concrete, Wood, Glass, Steel
Pavin S.r.l.
Commercial Building, Garden Center

Studio Bressan: The Green Village is a garden center located in the eastern industrial area next to the municipality of Cittadella, in the province of Padova. It has a strategic position in relation to the main roads and it attracts a catchment area that extends between the provinces of Vicenza, Padua and Treviso. The complex is made of three parts: the commercial building, the greenhouses and the park.The construction is organized across two volumes. One is expressed as a solid, inward-facing geometry surrounding a centralized green courtyard. The second volume is designed to reflect the traditional greenhouse typology, clad entirely in glass with a rhythmic, exposed structure.

The mall has been conceived as a clear and essential parallelepiped made up of two levels connected by a central green courtyard that opens toward the sky. At the basement there are a parking area and the access to the upper level, while at the ground floor there are a large sales area and a relax zone. The façade pulls back on any opening in favour of a blind geometric solid, whose only exception is given by the security entrances and exits. They are shaped as portals with their own volume thanks to a metal cladding superstructure.

The correct supply of air and light is given by the combination of two factors: the shed roof and the central patio. The former guarantees diffused and uniform light throughout the day and the latter, thanks to its full height, is the true core of the construction. The building emerges as an introspective architecture, open inward like a Roman domus. The patio is the heart of the whole organism and the spot around which the plan generates: it is not a subtraction from the volume, but the space from which the building develops in a centrifugal way.

The four corners present the only pillars in the building, except for the perimetral ones. They are necessary to the structure while leaving the rest of the plan free to be used as an uninterrupted space.

The indoor façades are to contain an open-air room framed and visible from every point of the building. Also, due to the nature of the activity, the patio works as a showroom indefinitely repeating, where it is possible to display a selection of products, while recreating an internal garden in contrast to the surrounding industry.

This is a simple, economical and fast construction architecture made through the use of prefabricated elements which led to the creation of generous and flexible retail spaces, also in response to the need of the client for any rearrangements or changes to the shop layout.

After a historical study of the underlying aquifer, the parking area has been set to a safe quota below the ground level, thus obtaining a large covered area that benefits from natural light and ventilation. At the same time, the 1.5 m height gap that is created between the road and the access lightens the visual impact of the large solid, making it float, although only prospectively.

Text by Marika Scaduto


Studio Bressan is an interdisciplinary team that deal with architectural design at its several intervention scales: from the architectural and urban planning to interior design. Its modus operandi guarantees continuous control of the work in all its parts: from the development of the idea to its realization. It is specialized in urban planning, new construction, restoration, building conversion and interior architecture projects in Italy and abroad.

Studio Bressan is based in Montebelluna in the province of Treviso, Italy. It has been operating actively for over thirty years and it is now in its second generation, managed by the architects Andrea and Emanuele Bressan.

Attention to the urban and environmental context, enhancement of the structural aspects of the building, correct combination of materials and sustainable approach to the project are the distinguish features of Studio Bressan’s work. Same goes for constant and profitable dialogue with the customer, attention to energy savings, costs control and intervention times, rather than design’s detail development.

The goal is answer to client’s needs complexity by combining innovation and research with professional skills. To support this, when necessary, the studio also takes advantage of its 30-years’ experience and a consolidated network of consultants and specialists.

The studio has designed and built residential, administrative and commercial buildings, besides than public spaces, industrial settlements, accommodation facilities and multipurpose buildings. It also deals with the renovations, extensions and building conversion. It has participated in several national and international competitions and is active in the field of interior design and urban furniture. Over the years, it has been implementing its managing skills over the building itself and its design, achieving the chance to collaborate in large team.

Every new project is considered a unique challenge that must find its own character through intense discussion with the customer and exhaustive comprehension of the area. The design process forms itself out of the debate with the client and goes on through elaborations and reworking of the initial idea, giving life to the definitive construction and encouraging a continuous research: like an incessant experimentation which takes full responsibility for the metamorphosis of today’s human and natural environments.

By Liliana Alvarez

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