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9 October 2018
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The Building group recovers the old convent, the new Isokinetic center

Between Via delle Orfane and Via San Domenico, an ancient Roman domus is transformed into an urban relay, an archaeological area, a center for sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation.

The Boffa, Petrone & Partners studio, together with Building Engineering, developed the architectural design and interior design of Quadrato, while the works started in 2016 were carried out by Building SpA. The Quadrato del Gruppo Building project, recovery of the largest convent complex of the Augustinians built in the mid-sixteenth century, it is located in a strategic position on the corner between via Santa Chiara and via delle Orfane: it is built on five floors above ground, a mansard floor and a basement; it includes a large internal courtyard and underground parking garages. The apartments of Quadrato have different cuts, designed for a dynamic class of young professionals, graduate students, families, commuters of knowledge and anyone who chooses Turin for a medium term. Inside the building, the ancient rooms of the convent are transformed into apartments called monotype, bitipo, tritipo and quadritipo up to the two-level attics Chiara, Consolata and Visitazione.

The rationalist concept of “existenzminimum” has influenced the definition of the project of the spaces of the housing units, starting from the smallest monotype. The space is defined through the succession of furnishing elements intended as a hierarchical definition of functional needs in a single environment. The interior design is designed to be extremely versatile and to adapt to different needs. The perception of the environment therefore changes on the basis of a multifunctional and changeable decor. For example, the table slides on a lane along the wall and redefines the use of space throughout the day, from kitchen to dining room, from study to living room, from living room to bedroom. The table is also a work desk and a desk, the platform is a second surface on which to sit, place a book or a glass and at the same time also a container and if necessary the sofa turns into a bed. A minimal and rational spirit animates the whole project and thus the functional design of the furnishings.

The Boffa, Petrone & Partners studio was established within the Building Group and specializes in architectural design and feasibility studies, interior design, building renovation, restoration and construction management. Founded in 1983 in Turin, in recent years the Building Group has concentrated its activities in civil and residential construction, specializing in the recovery and transformation of historic buildings, conceiving its own concept of living history.

From short vacations to longer stays, the ancient Roman domus is also an urban relais, which offers apartments for rent. There will be possible one-day stays with rates ranging from about 80 euros for the studio to 160 euros for the three-room apartment, stays over two days and also rentals per month whose rates will be around € 2100 for the three-room plus up to about € 3400 for the quadrilocale from 235 mq. From two days onwards, extra services will also be available to guarantee all the comforts such as gym and laundry access and wi-fi, while discounts and agreements with group activities are offered for monthly rentals between top benefits. Square, in addition to being a real estate investment, is also a financial investment: apartment buyers have a 5-year income perspective and the consequent tax treatment. A real estate and financial investment project, a novelty for real estate in Turin. Upon purchase of the property, a lease with the right to sublease will be entered into with a company of the Building Group, for an annual amount of 3.5% of the purchase value of the property: the contract will have duration for a maximum period of 5 years and will allow the tenant company to proceed to the sublease.

The square footage of the apartments ranges from 40 square meters to 130 square meters and from 160 square meters to 270 square meters for the attics. Plus a 230 sqm apartment on the first floor. The selling prices of the apartments in Quadrato vary by type: Studio 200,000 € – € 240,000; Two-room apartment € 240,000 – € 300,000; Three-room apartment 300,000 € – 380,000 €

Quadrato is a new concept of living history and the future at the Torino Quadrilatero

  • Origins of Quadrato

The original configuration of the block that today includes the ancient Convent between Via delle Orfane and Via Santa Chiara, as documented in the historical bibliography of reference, dates back to the second half of the 16th century when, introduced in Turin the Order of the Augustinians Calzati , they were granted the then Church of the Saints Giacomo and Filippo. The “Fathers” immediately wanted to rebuild it and since then it has been called the Church of Sant’Agostino, taking on more or less the current architectural structure with the cloister, still legible today, annexed to the same and in the service of the Convent, whose main sleeves are on Via Santa Chiara and on of the Orphans, however, they were built starting from the first half of the eighteenth century. This building was, for about a century, a dwelling place for monastic life, in accordance with the growing prestige enjoyed by the Augustinians in the City of Turin. With the suppression of the Order, established in 1800 by the government, the events relating to the transformation of the wings on Via Santa Chiara and on Via delle Orfane of the Convent of Sant’Agostino, intertwine with the vicissitudes of the birth of the Dominican Tertiaries, recognized as Sisters of the Order of the Sappellines, who established their headquarters in the former Convent, giving it the name of Conservatorio del SS. Rosary. Subsequently the premises were occupied by the former conservatory and later by the civil section court. In the sixties of the last century, the Municipality will take possession of the building again, making substantial internal modifications, while maintaining the configuration of the ancient Chapel unchanged, still having great aulicity characteristics. Quadrato is part of the Roman Quadrilateral, the historic heart of the city, whose name derives from the ancient Roman castrum, that is, the colony on which the primitive Julia Augusta Taurinorum was founded.