As part of a larger renovation program in the town of L’Aquila in Italy, part of the area which suffered extensive damage during the devastating earthquake of 2009, is the Palace of Labour, an architectural project, of geometrical but refined language, undertaken by Verona based architect, Alberto Apostoli.
The 5 storey building, built in the 1960s was first strengthened structurally and its exterior was insulated by the positioning of geometric panels in a variety of complementary shades, adding a strong note of interest to the otherwise conventional facade of the building. The small windows, placed at irregular intervals, are framed with extended borders of polished steel which catch the light at different times of the day, creating an alternative dynamic to the building.
Of this impressive project, the architect states: “I tried to create a volumetric movement through color, small ledges and contrasts of volumes. What interested me was to dematerialize the facades, giving them personality and character to create these projections.”