The Stiftung Sparkasse, owner of the Public Weighhouse, which is one of the eight case studies within the project 3Encult, has launched an ideas competition for a "house of photography" for the historic building.
The building of Romanesque origins (13th century) is placed in the historic city Centre of Bolzano. It is part of the “Portici di Bolzano”, which represents a for this time typical composition of street market with a central grain trade. Within the runtime of the project 3Encult it is planned to do a refurbishment project of the building.
The project planner will be selected through a two-stage architecture tender: first stage is the ideas competition to define the future utilization concept of the Weighhouse as a "house of photography" and second stage is an architecture competition to define the refurbishment project.
The publication of the ideas competition, a few days ago, is the first step towards the energy conscious retrofit of the building: already in this early stage every proposed utilization concept has to consider the aspects of preserving the cultural heritage as well as the improving of the energetic performance of the building, exploiting the energetic potential of the building in the best way and taking into account a relative concept already during the development of the utilization concept.
Further information and the text for invitation to tender can be found under: http://www.stiftungsparkasse.it/ under (Ausschreibungen / Wettbewerbe or Bandi / Concorsi).