”Cesare Battisti” Barracks renovation
”Cesare Battisti” Barracks renovation
”Cesare Battisti” Barracks renovation

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”Cesare Battisti” Barracks renovation

”Cesare Battisti” Barracks renovation

The contemporary charm of a historic former barracks

Cuneo, Italy
Design completed
DIMENSIONS 6.400 sqm
Dal Corso e Scapin Architetti
Agenzia del Demanio - Direzione Regionale Piemonte e Valle d’Aosta
AR – ST – MEP design


The renovation project of the Cesare Battisti Barracks, a historic military complex in Cuneo, is the result of a complex architectural dialogue between the historical value of the building, the context and the contemporary tendency of the intervention. The design proposal involves the two head pavilions, the Palazzina Musso and the Palazzina Curti. The layout has been studied to guarantee an adequate level of independence regarding functional use and circulation between the areas open to the public and the operational departments.

Particular attention has been given to the enhancement of internal service systems, to meet future users’ needs. The stern and elegant aesthetics of the new facades has been attained through a specific palette of materials and colours that gracefully ties in with the characteristic traits of the umbertine architecture, of which the barracks stand as an example.

In this sense, the use of corten for the new additions represents a new layer that overwrites the existing features, without compromising the original appearance of the facades. The final image is that of an architecture that is strongly linked to its past, yet turns to a contemporary style with the use of simple and detached elements. A reflexion of the new urban role it is intended to take on.

”Cesare Battisti” Barracks renovation


The heart of the restoration and urban regeneration project is the refined study of the facades. Rigorous and elegant, they represent the successful combination of past and modernity.

”Cesare Battisti” Barracks renovation