Georgian architects' project for restoring 20th century Italian modernist venue awarded TerraViva Competitions honourable mention

The Georgian members of the architect team awarded the honourable mention in the contest. Photo: Davit Tchalidze., 21 Jan 2022 - 18:48, Tbilisi,Georgia

An international group of architects involving Georgian professionals has been awarded the honourable mention of the TerraViva Competitions, a Milan-based creative hub, for their project for regenerating a 20th century Italian modernist venue.

On Thursday, organisers of the contest announced the winning submissions for Hangar Ticinum, the competition for ideas on reviving a hydroplane hangar of Idroscalo di Pavia, a notable historical site on River Ticino near the city of Pavia in Italy's north.

Aiming to source projects to fulfil the "ambition of restoring the importance and centrality" of the building for the city, the organisers looked to identify the most notable submissions for bringing the site out of its "worrying state of decay".

Designed by Giuseppe Pagano in the 1920s, the seaplane hangar allowed for the docking of aircraft for what became Italy's first civil aviation line, and enabled refuelling and sorting of goods and mail for the nearby Milan area. However, its infrastructure decayed over the past several decades due to neglect, before a local landscape commission gave a green light to its redevelopment in late 2017.