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Transformations at the margin. The Laurentino passage

Two stories, two scales that move in parallel: from the detail to the city, from flows to living.
Enlargements and reductions, in a twofold path that tends to collide, overlap, keeping together the different stories and needs present within the territory.

A journey aimed at highlighting the transformation of contemporary urban space, observing the forces that drive this change, exploring shapes and dimensions.

Rome and its possible mutation.

The narration of urban complexity, identifying mechanisms and forms, perceptions and crossings, projecting architecture onto the background, the setting for growth and transformation, the scene of changing lifestyles and a broader way of living.

The Laurentino passage.

On the one hand, the film aims to highlight, over a long period of time, the history of urban visions and strategies, the plans of 1931 and 1962 that move the city towards its edges, imagining suburbs that become the center. Starting from the E42 project, from the EUR district, up to the construction of the public city, social housing neighborhoods: the urban planning reform, law n.167 of 1962, the cooperatives and experimentations, solutions and issues.

To do this, the narrative uses a case study, the story and vicissitudes of one of the most emblematic cases of Rome, Laurentino 38 designed by Arch. Piero Barucci: the system of urban vertebrae and the settlement mechanism, roads and bridges, bar-shaped buildings and towers.

A movement that increasingly expands the edges of the historic city and the consolidated one, introducing a new element: the GRA, the Grande Raccordo Anulare.

A distributive border, the frame supporting the vehicular flow of many Roman stories that turns into a settlement element by expanding territories and generating new forms of living, beyond the ring, breaking up the edges and putting an end to the historic dichotomy between city and countryside, in a city-territory.

On the other hand, the film aims to highlight the project of one of these centralities, identified by the 2008 Rome Town Plan for Laurentino.

An evolving commercial hub which today shows its first piece: the Maximo shopping center, designed by the firm 3C+t Capolei Cavalli Architetti Associati. Starting from this space, from its concept and execution, it is possible to draw a parallel with the movement of the city outwards, towards its edges, from the historic city to the one undergoing transformation.

The narration thus moves by crossing architecture, highlighting elements and themes, solutions and challenges to be overcome: from light penetrating from the roof to the interiors, overcoming the spaces of the market to exit onto the public square where not only the aspects of the skin, of the superficial texture of the center are taken into consideration, but the two stories and observation scales meet.

The new centrality within the Laurentino district.

The Maximo shopping center thus becomes not only the litmus test of a construction process, but it establishes strategies and connections, a place where material and immaterial flows land, temporal stratifications and economic processes, local node and threshold where different instances and urban issues meet, those of today and those of the future.


  • During the course, the urban transformation of the city of Rome will be investigated, starting from the plans of 1931 and 1962, the construction of EUR and of the social housing districts, from the public city to the one of "centralities" proposed by the 2008 Town Plan;
  • One of the 1962 PEEP (Plan for Economic and Public Housing) projects will be illustrated in detail: the Laurentino 38 district. This will be done by narrating the project and its essential elements: its operation and references, typological choices and mobility, the needs of the inhabitants and criticalities, challenges and vision to the future;
  • The process that led to the construction of the new centrality will be analyzed: from the concept to the future project, with the completion of the entire service area, focusing on the aspects related to comfort and the use of interior space, light and materials, technologies and flows;
  • The technical and compositional solutions underlying the construction of the Maximo shopping center will be known: the roof, the integration of systems and architecture, structures and coatings, the trigeneration system and the building envelope, the internal layout and the external square.


Ownership: Parsec 6 s.p.a 

Project manager: Luca Mangani, Roberto Zandonella

Urban and architectural design: 3C+t Capolei Cavalli a.a., Fabrizio Capolei, Antonio Molinari

Interior design Mall: 3C+t Capolei Cavalli a.a., Design International ltd

Direction of works: Michele Dal Prato

Artistic Direction: Fabrizio Capolei

Responsible for Works and High Surveillance: Mariano Galante

Supervision and coordination: Elisabetta Mapelli, Stefano De Leo

Property manager e Marketing strategy: Francesco Sirello

Breeam certification: Deerns Consulting Engineers

Facilities: Studio Agamennone e Cera

Plants project: Enetec s.r.l._Studio Mattiucci_Beta Progetti_Cefla Soc. Coop.

Road project: I.T. s.r.l._Sonia Briglia

Fire brigade project: Studio Nozzi_Cecilia De Bartolomeo

Light design: Beta Progetti_Luce e Design

Cse/Rspp: Studio Leoni

Technical Area: Francesco di Carlo, Roberto Ceccarelli, Costantino Rasori

Responsable for the procedure of pubblic works: Giovanni Genga, Biagio Avolio   
Civil works: Colombo Costruzioni S.P.A._Coiver Contract/Centro/Sign&Color S.r.l._Imprecom s.r.l.

Prefabricated structures and panels: Generale prefabbricati s.p.a.

Steel structures: Naldi Carpenterie_AGV metallica

Special electrical mechanical systems: Cefla Soc. Coop._Panzeri s.p.a.

Lift system: Schindler S.p.a.

Lighting: Lucifero’s_Bega_IVela

Window Frames: 3EmmeGi_Schucko_Stahlbau Pichler

Titanium Zinc coatings and mesh: Stahlbau Pichler_Global Construction s.r.l._Agv Metallica

Floors: Mirage Spa_Porcelaingres GmbH 

Contract furniture: Coiver Sign&Color s.r.l._Ferlegno s.r.l.

Focus On


Lucifero' s company moves from a family history to become part of the Cefla group today, always confirming itself as a "made in Italy" leader in the production of high quality architectural lighting fixtures. The lighting produced by Lucifero's stand out both for their production and for the technology used, currently based on LEDs. In the case of the Maximo, the lighting has been designed to emphasize architecture, integrating with the architectural project through fixed and adjustable lighting solutions, recessed or not, in order to illuminate the different areas of the shopping center by combining aesthetics, performance and reduced energy consumption.


Cefla is a company made of four Business Units, each with its own history, made up of successes and products, processes and innovations. The different divisions range in different fields and occupations, dealing with plant engineering, finishing, ship fitting and medical. In the Maximo project, Cefla took care of the plant construction and trigeneration, a plant that overall is capable of producing 2000 kW of electricity that cover one third of the needs of the condominium users of the shopping center, in addition to 7000 thermal kW and 13500 kW refrigerators which - on the other hand - cover the total energy needs for the air conditioning of the center. All results that place the Maximo at a level of excellence from the point of view of energy sustenance.


Coiver Group is an important international company in the world of design and construction. The group is made up of different business units: Coiver Cladding, Coiver Contract, Coiver Centro, Ferlegno and Coiver Sign & Color, ranging from facades to windows, from dry construction systems to finishes, up to furnishings and digital signage. In the construction of the Maximo shopping center, Coiver developed and engineered all dry solutions, from curved plasterboard to the coatings of the beams and walls, as well as taking care of the part of custom furnishings and the “skin” of the commercial galleries. The work has always been oriented towards respecting the needs of the project - aesthetic and technical - respecting both safety and thermal and acoustic insulation requirements.


Generale Prefabbricati is a leader in the production of extruded Spiroll hollow core floor slabs and precast components in reinforced concrete and prestressed reinforced concrete, operating throughout the Italian territory. Generale Prefabbricati has developed and built the prefabricated structures of the Maximo shopping center and the prefabricated panels of the facade, combining performance needs with aesthetic and compositional needs, planning the production and construction site activities always seeking a balance between costs and performance of the structure, both from a point of view of the geometries and of the regulations to be respected.


The company operates in the Construction, Renovation and General Services sector, thanks to the two Business Units Construction and Service. The company has its registered office in Monza and branch offices with direct staff that allow it to operate throughout the national territory.

LUCE e design

For thirty years Luce e Design has been dealing with lighting engineering and light management. A light studied in all its forms to experience contemporary space, to illuminate environments in symbiosis with human habits and to adapt the artificial project to the natural light change. Comfort, perception and technology are the basis of the lighting design through integrated systems and tailor-made products. From consultancy to the project, up to the actual realization, Luce e Design represents a guide for lighting design through all its nuances, between design and functionality, well-being and innovation, intelligent systems and home automation.


Mirage is a guarantee of solidity and reliability, thanks to a consolidated experience in ceramic production that has marked the stages in the development of porcelain stoneware. Great knowledge of the subject, strong attention to trends, research and technological innovation, and a continuous commitment to customer service are the characteristics of a company that has been designing the new contours of living for 46 years, communicating with over 160 countries in the world.


Part of the Iris Ceramica Group it also has a plant in Castellarano, a town which is an integral part of the most important ceramic district in the world, that of Sassuolo. There since 2003 they have been producing porcelain stoneware slabs of the highest quality for interior and exterior floors and walls. The values ​​of the company are linked to quality, sustainability and creativity. Quality is expressed through the careful choice of raw materials, efficient production and the excellent relationship established with customers, collaborators and suppliers.


A young and dynamic company born in the 90s from decades of experience in the aluminum processing sector. They design and manufacture doors and windows, curtain walls and coatings for buildings using a qualified human heritage and technologically advanced equipment. Over the years, they have assumed a leadership role on the national market and as a leading operator in the sector and the critical ability to control the complex design process, define the construction procedures, technical details and construction measures, having knowledge of the techniques available and moving carefully. among the many new products and techniques that the market continuously produces.


Innovation is part of the Sigma DNA, and results in a range of cutting-edge products in every category. From anti-pollution and self-cleaning facade paints to immunizing wall paints, Sigma technology is always one step ahead.


PORCELANOSA Group is one of the most important ceramics manufacturers in the world, offering furniture, kitchen and bath items, with over 970 stores in 150 countries. Production diversification has played a key role in the growth of a business group that started off with the production of a single product: ceramic tiles. Today, the Group’s eight companies offer a wide product range that includes kitchen and bathroom equipment as well as state-of-the-art building solutions for contemporary architecture.


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