The multifunctional complex housing the Aura shopping center, located less than 2 km from the Vatican, is the focal point of an integrated architecture and urban planning intervention for the redevelopment of the Valle Aurelia neighborhood in Rome. A substantial project from a functional standpoint, conceived in line with the desires of the citizens in defining a new identity for the neighborhood, which it enhances. Commissioned by Orion Capital Managers in collaboration with Cds Holding, the development involves the two real estate complexes of the Valle Aurelia multifunctional center: the Aura shopping center, which houses a hypermarket, and the Virgin building in the adjacent  building. The intervention also included the restoration of the historic Veschi furnace, the construction of a new system of vehicular and pedestrian access, a public square, and the renovation of the forecourt of the existing church. The layout of the building follows the natural slope of the site, and the shopping gallery is arranged on multiple levels and highly permeable to pedestrian and bicycle paths. The complex comprises 60 medium and small commercial spaces and 16 dining areas on 17,000 square meters of gross floor area. As a new hub of the neighborhood, the property is integrated between residential areas and collective services, including metro and railway stations. The architectural concept was overseen by architect Davide Padoa of Design International, and Starching conducted the design review of the final and executive projects, coordinating the construction project, before moving on to the general and specialist works management, safety during execution, property testing, and energy certifications.

The project is based on the shopping gallery, a semi-open, non-air-conditioned passage that leads to the shops on the three levels and culminates in the central square. The configuration of the building tends to minimize the distinction between indoor and outdoor spaces, making it permeable to the urban context with 14 entrances on the various levels of the shopping center. The translucent laminated wood roof illuminates the gallery mainly with natural light, which spreads throughout the structure starting from the food court on the terrace on the top floor. The interiors are developed focusing on the urban nature of the center and the metaphorical representation of the street as a place of connection and passage. Stone-effect porcelain tiles were used for the flooring, reminiscent of the Roman cobblestone, intervening on laying systems and using shades from white to dark gray to create shifting patterns reminiscent of Roman streets. The same material was proposed for the exteriors, creating visual continuity, and reinforcing the concept of permeability of the building, eliminating any marked distinction of volumes. In total, the mall extends over four above-ground levels and two underground levels for parking with 700 parking spaces, easily accessible from the road connections minimizing surrounding traffic.

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Orion Capital Managers
Orion Capital Managers
Design International (architecture)
Proges Engineering
31.000 sqm

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  • Due Diligence
  • Assistance in the acquisition phase
  • Design Review
  • Tender assistance
  • High surveillance of public works
  • General and Specialist Works Management
  • Works Supervisor
  • Safety Coordination during Execution