The Number 6: a Turin home among the best architectural projects in the world
The Via Alfieri home built by the Building Group is among the five finalists in the Building of the Year, the award given by ArchDaily readers.
The Number 6, the restoration of the historic Palazzo Valperga Galleani in Via Alfieri in Turin, curated by the Building Group, is the only project in Italy that is a finalist in the Building of the Year award at ArchDaily, the most visited architecture site in the world. Inaugurated in early 2013, The Number 6 is the baroque palace a stone’s throw from Piazza San Carlo that Piero Boffa’s Building Group has turned into a contemporary avant-garde condominium. The Building of the Year award of the American portal ArchDaily – 7 million visits per month, 2 million fans on Facebook, 335 thousand followers on Twitter – has selected over 3000 projects distributed in a global geography from Chile to Vietnam, including China, Australia and Europe; more than 18 thousand architects participated in the ArchDaily Building Award 2015 selections, including archistars and famous studios including Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, Álvaro Siza and Kengo Kuma. The Number 6 of Building was chosen from among the top 5 projects in the Restoration category by ArchDaily readers who selected it along with a house in central Portugal, the re-functionalization of a 16th century church near Madrid, the conversion of an ancient convent in Belgium and a green house in the center of the Vietnamese capital Hanoi. The finals are in progress and users and readers can vote until Wednesday 4 February
The Number 6 was conceived to give back to the ancient Palazzo Valperga Galleani in Canelli di Barbaresco, in Via Alfieri 6 in the heart of Turin, the intrinsic vocation of a prestigious and noble “building of income”, which during the XVII and XVIII centuries dictated the most significant transformations still legible and recoverable today as architectural facies of the entire area. The building built in 1663 by Maurizio Valperga, and extended in 1781 by Michele Luigi Barberis, has undergone profound changes both in form and in use over the centuries. Palazzo Valperga Galleani is today a building with multiple interpretations: from architecture to art, from modern functionality to wellness. The architectural project was designed by the architect Luca Petrone, responsible for the design of Building; The Number 6 combines historical spaces, protected by the Superintendency of Architectural and Cultural Heritage of Piedmont, with the public art of the installations of the artist Richi Ferrero, sculptural elements and environments accessible to citizens and inserted as guest works in the last two editions of the exhibition Artist’s Lights.
The renovation, a few steps from Piazza San Carlo, covered a total area of about 6,500 square meters including the 5-storey building plus two mezzanine floors. It houses 36 apartments, 36 underground car garages, a modern Beauty & SPA for condominiums (sauna, Turkish bath and emotional shower) and a gym equipped with Technogym technology.