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ETNAPOLIS Shopping Center

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ETNAPOLIS Shopping Center

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Massimiliano Fuksas
Massimiliano Fuksas
Massimiliano Fuksas architetto, is a firm that has to its credit, internationally acclaimed interior design, product design, and architectural projects. Native of Lithuania, Massimiliano Fuksas was born in Rome in 1944, where he graduated in Architecture at "La Sapienza University" in 1969. In 1967, 1989 and 1993 he established practices in Rome, Paris and Vienna respectively and since 2002 he opened a new studio in Frankfurt. From 1998 to 2000 he was Director of the VII Biennale Internazionale di Architettura di Venezia "Less Aesthetics, More Ethics".
ETNAPOLIS Shopping Center

ETNAPOLIS Shopping Center

“The landscape is already architecture” Massimiliano Fuksas

Project Specs

  • Location: Catania
  • Completed: 2006
  • Contractor: Impresa Maltauro Spa, Vicenza
  • Photographer: Copyright © Moreno Maggi Giuseppe Barbagiovanni
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Technology

ETNAPOLIS Shopping Center

SYSTEMS

Double skin curtain walling

Featuring elements

Double skin façades with screen-printed glass

“Visia” structural silicone curtain walling

Roof-light glazing, balustrades

Designed by

Massimiliano Fuksas Architects

The prestigious shopping centre of ETNAPOLIS (one of the biggest in Italy and Europe) is located in Belpasso, in the province of Catania.

The mall is surrounded by the picturesque scenery of the Sicilian Nature with the Etna volcano in the background, and it covers a total surface of 140.000 m2, having a length of about 1 km.

This centre is also an entertainment attraction with its amusement areas and a series of buildings dedicated to specialised trading.

This centre is also an entertainment attraction with its amusement areas and a series of buildings dedicated to specialised trading. With the laying of the foundation stone in October 2003, the project of Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas now consists of 3 main buildings with 120 shops, restaurants, wellness and fitness centre, Warner Village Multiscreen Cinema, in addition to 17.000 m2 of hypermarket. The first two buildings consist of 4 storeys, ground floor and first floor host the shopping gallery, the other two levels (underground and roof area) are reserved to parking facilities. The perimeter cladding consist of a blue double skin façade, customised with the large fritted Logo “ETNAPOLIS”. In the evening this logo is illuminated and the reflection created by the surrounding stretches of water provides an extraordinary spectacular effect. The façades become giant scenic equipment with the shining luminous signs of the centre, thus showing a strong relationship between architecture and communication. The third building is dedicated to 8 food halls and a multiscreen cinema. The cladding consists of structural silicone curtain walling with large glazing sizes up to 5.5 m high. The same special attention dedicated to the design of the night illumination with its refined plays of light, has been paid to the internal lighting; the natural light entering through the wide roof-light glazing creates a pleasant and harmonious atmosphere inside the mall.

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