Transformed the interior of a 1930s building between Corso Italia and Largo Riborgo: a journey to the construction site. Opening in the fall
Trieste. It’s not every day that you train in a bank vault. However, the bad guys will be disappointed by the fact that the safe-deposit boxes of the 1930s look dauntingly empty and the access doors, 50 cm thick, are wide open: in hindsight, the loot has already been transferred when the Trieste stop Banco di Napoli branch About working in the beautiful location on the corner between Corso Italia and Largo Riborgo (formerly Malta).
On the other hand, instead of valuables, the client, who no longer has a movable wealth visiting his property, will find tools for free-body exercise and weightlifting: with a metaphor, a treasure of health. Because the Rsg Group, the German fitness giant, bought the building, which was built at the end of the 1930s to a design by Banco Technical Bureau, to turn it into a kind of gymnastics building. Four levels – underground, ground, first and second – which required an investment of €2 million, to transform the 2,000 square meters of the building’s rooftop into a new destination.
After breaking up with Covid, Berlin-based group leader Rainer Schaller and Italian partner Vito Scavo have resumed the initiative in Trieste: the goal is to open the headquarters when autumn begins. Riccesi took care of the building and Allegri from Cuneo.
The idea is to accompany and combine physical activity with a series of interests such as generating a feeling of general relaxation: women/man saunas, dejay – “moreto” for Jesolo – to set the background music, the bistro where you can eat light foods, such as juice. The rooms, where the exerciser will focus on movement, will be painted on stucco by a duo of artists from Berlin named “Ron Miller”, who will begin work in the coming weeks. The tone – explained by architect Samuele Frosio, who is responsible for the construction to the client on the phone – would be the tone of the club, and the tone of the event.
Initially, a thousand arrivals per day were expected, and expectations have been reset to a daily turnout of more than 500 visitors. They will have 200 machines at their disposal, prices are still being calibrated, which will be announced in any case with the advertising campaign launched to announce the opening. Brand confirmed ‘John Reed’ imagined as a traveler who landed in Trieste where he met James Joyce.
The interior is still – as evidenced by Andrea Lasorte’s photos – a well-developed construction site. We are guided on our visit by Tilmann Schmidt, a Francoforte architect, who graduated in Weimar where the college is named after the Bauhaus. The project seeks to salvage the intriguing of 1930s building, from fixtures to wood floors. Upon entering to the left, the beautiful spiral staircase is clearly visible, perhaps the building’s most attractive architectural feature. “We seek to strike a balance between the old and the new,” Schmidt says. Among the interesting is the inclusion of a bunker with a possible function of an anti-aircraft shelter.
Under the palace flows the Rio Bondares, one of Trieste’s “hidden” streams. In the excavations carried out to build the palace, the remains of a Roman bridge appeared, “absorbed” in the renovation work on Corso Vittorio Emanuele III, later Corso Italy. –