rinascente store palermo
The scheme for the new Rinascente store in Palermo follows a decisive yet delicate design. Decisive because it does not relinquish the need for contemporary architecture by grasping for straws with non-historic devices. Delicate because it has to consider the need to relate to what was already there, respecting however its diversity. The keystone was found in the decision to conserve traces of the appearance of the existing building via the superimposition of an opalescent façade that allows the structure to transpire and be perceived. The glacial and reflective skin of the building is the surface architectural mark. With the new intervention, the old remains visible, absorbed by the new and becoming part of it. At night, the building becomes a luminous and opalescent lantern.