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Casa Comunità

Recupero line

Among the civil buildings of cultural significance found in Fagagna certainly an important place belongs to the "Casa della Comunità”.
The first historical evidence of a project regarding the creation  the "House of the Community’ dates back to 1456, when the  steward Giovanni da Fagagna submitted  an application for the construction of a new City Hall.
The building reflects the typical Venetian style of the public buildings of the time.
The facade, which has been preserved undamaged to present day, is simple and sober and characterized by large openings on the porch and a triple lancet window on the first floor, topped by a stone panel depicting the lion of St. Mark, the symbol of Venetian rule.
The project involved the turning of the rooms into conference rooms and art exhibition rooms  for a maximum capacity of 150 people on the ground floor and 90 people on the first floor.
The main theme of the project was the closure of the lodge with a glass wall that allows the perception of emptiness in the ground floor and protects the space from the weather at the same time.
On the first floor the ceiling of the main room has been completely  re-made, ensuring its use as a conference room and exhibition hall.

External interventions to the building were multiple, though of minor visual impact.
On the west side of the building there was a fire escape at the service of the hall on the first floor.
The galvanized steel stairs  did not harmonize with the existing architectural context, characterized by elements in stone masonry.
We opted for a solution that could be related to the existing wall, making it the controlling element which attached itself to the escape route.
The wall hides part of the ramp towards the mountain, and when the path reaches a height of about 1.50 m from ground level, the wall runs towards the street with a stone parapet.
The project also included the construction of a retaining wall on the north-east side, the height of which varies according to the existing slope.
The wall adjoins the building and is based on a new foundation, separate from the existing one, in order to avoid overloading.
The wall, which is made of reinforced concrete, has then been covered at the top with stones, in continuity with the overlying ancient walls, in order to prop them up.
Some technical interventions have finally been undertaken in order to prevent water infiltration, due to heavy rain downpour.
In order to identify the causes of the infiltration phenomenon,  a hydro-geological survey has been carried  to define the direction and height of groundwater near the building.
It has been found that water which infiltrated immediately upstream of the northern perimeter of the building  probably concentrated in hydraulically closed areas at the back and below the building.
Action was taken then, both internally - by digging a drainage trench in the great hall and placing drainage holes behind the lift, and externally - by placing a series of sub-horizontal drains under the building as well as a system of drains on the back.

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