Even before the catastrophic earthquake of 1908, the waterfront of Messina was highlighted by a series of urban blocks with a homogeneous façade design, known as Palazzata.
The task was to design —in the area where three blocks of the Palazzata were planned but never built— a new building hosting retail spaces, a cafeteria and residential units together with a new public space.
The cafeteria emerges from the façade and frames the main entrance to the retail store below. Height adjustment on the front residential unites ensures the same stunning panorama on the Strait of Messina to the back ones.
Three levels of open space are created: a public square at street level, a more intimate passage on the first level framed by the shop and the cafeteria, and terraces specifically designed for the flat owners.