MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

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MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

Italian studio Antonio Ravalli Architetti have converted an old factory in Migliarino, Italy, into a youth hostel where guests can stay in these tall fabric-covered pods.

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

The cylinders are enclosed with translucent fabric, secured by tension cables and sitting on a wooden base to provide a kind of indoor camping space.

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

The reception is located on the ground floor, with bedrooms, bathrooms and a large lobby area housed over the two upper floors.

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

Photographs are © Antonio Ravalli Architetti.

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

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As a part of a program for the conversion of an old hemp factory into a new city center for the town of Migliarino, the project gains a youth hostel out of a 510 m2 portion of the building.

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

The site position is barycentric tothe touristic circuits which take place during the summer, thanks to the proximity of the Po River Delta Natural Park, but the project has to count on a reduced regional funding, 270.000 € including the furniture, and a doubtful management profitability.

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

Thus the management aspects, both with the energetic and economic saving, are the principal matters.

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

The hostel is imagined as a ‘passive machine’, in which natural air fluxes are conveyed in order to obtain climatic benefits, while the systems distribution and the morphological disposition of the rooms, conceived as to minimize the utilized elements and technologies, allow an elastic hosting capacity: the highest during the spring and the summer, or in case of special events, reduced to the essential during the low seasons.

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

While the reception and the facilities are located on the ground floor, the second level presents a single big space with all the windows on just one side.

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

Four rooms for 2-3 persons each, bathrooms and a staircase are disposed on two levels on the other side.

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

These compose a volume which, compact and well-defined, can be air-conditioned with traditional tools. In the main space instead, the air conditioning is based on passive ventilation, eased by the position of the windows on the north side and by two ventilation tower located on the roof.

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

The impossibility of this space to be divided in more units, due to the uniqueness of light and air provenance, suggests an alternative solution to the dormitory: like an indoor camping, autonomous cells are placed, enfolded in light wrapping.

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

Not just physically, but also climatically independent ‘rooms’: a punctual air-conditioning system permits to choose which ones to ‘turn on’. The entire system net is located under the inspectionable wood platform, which works as a connective tissue for the cells.

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

The difference in height marks the transition from the more intimate space of the ‘rooms’ to the common daily area. The movement of the platform perimeter creates occasions for sitting and relaxing, cosy niches in which to read or surf the net.

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

The space remains fluid, though allowing a multiplicity of distinct uses, while its plasticity is enhanced by the monochromaticity of the introduced elements and furnitures.

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

project: MiNO, Migliarino’s new youth hostel
location: Migliarino, Ferrara, Italy
year: 2010

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

architects: Antonio Ravalli Architetti / Antonio Ravalli, Simone Pelliconi, Valentina Milani, Lorenzo Masini, Giuseppe Crispino

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

client: Comune di Migliarino (FE)
category: hostel

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

area: 510 m2
materials: wood, concrete, fabric

MiNO by Antonio Ravalli Architetti

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  • http://robotsinmasquerade.blogspot.com/ Sean

    This is pretty swank for a youth hostel.

  • Niels

    Nice idea, and luxurious for a hostel indeed, but they apparently only squeezed out 7 rooms from 510m2, even though the rooms are tiny. Also, there's no privacy with the see-through walls, which means you can only sell it at hostel prices of maybe € 20-25 p.p.p.n.; this is bound to bleed money eternally, despite the subsidies.
    Just goes to show it's easy to make something pretty, but hard to make it practical at the same time.

  • Abe

    Acoustics though?

    • Soupdragon

      Yeah, I don't want people to hear me eating crisps in bed!

  • felix

    "they apparently only squeezed out 7 rooms from 510m2, even though the rooms are tiny"

    yeah this is the salient point for me too. what's the point of the tiny rooms when all the space around them is wasted?

    no auditory privacy either…

    • Velma

      I don't think it's wasted space…It's social space! Why would you want to be stuck in a room if you are off exploring the world anyway? The social space is where you get to learn where the cool stuff is…

      And also per acoustics, most peeps I know stay in rooms with 4-6 peeps so I don't think acoustics would be a problem most of the time. Management might need to stipulate a quiet time though! :)

  • http://www.jjdesmondinteriors.com Jerry

    It certainly looks pretty, but a terrible waste of space, no privacy, no way of making the money back and I would imagine cleanliness and maintenance will be an issue.