CRAFT WORKSHOPS AND COMMUNITY-EDUCATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE DIVERSELY ABLE IN ERBA , COMO
Architecture to serve the community
Ifdesign-Franco Tagliabue Volontè Ida Origgi architetti –
The buildings hosting the workshops and community educational centre are part of a complex dedicated to caring for diversely able persons. The project completes a
programme that also includes a cafeteria-restaurant, a multipurpose hall and various outdoor spaces. Given the absence of any public funding, the building pursues maximum economy in its materials. The spirit of the association is that disabilities should not be experienced as an obstacle, but as a different point of view. The building, which has been offering spaces to citizens for years, is also rooted in the idea that a condition of difficulty can become a benefit for the community; the use of so-called “poor” materials thus serves to define a radical and more expressive language. Collective space throughout the complex is designed to foster social interaction and integration between the diversely able hosted by the centre, workers and guests who use the community centre on a daily basis.