One Works was appointed to develop a detailed feasibility study for the retrofit and restoration of a former 1930s ‘Ex Colonia Idroterapica Murri’ building into Senior Housing development, together with the redesign of the area’s masterplan and public waterfront. The building is located on Rimini’s beautiful sea front, just a few meters away from the beach with an unobstructed view of the Mediterranean Sea.
The primary objective for the project is to re-establish a seamless connection between the building, it’s premises and the nearby neighbourhoods with the waterfront and the sea. The Waterfront is re-designed as a public pedestrian area, redirecting vehicular traffic in order to create a valuable public space. Being the Colonia a listed building, the design approach aims at preserving and carefully restoring of the external decorative features of the facades, while the interiors are adapted to the new functions. The design intent is to integrate the new functions into the community, creating areas of exchange and meeting points between guests and locals.
The internal layouts have been reorganised into a various mix of residential units – from studios to two-bedroom apartments. The majority of public functions are located in the central area of the building at grade and below grade level, including lounges, cafes, a restaurant, a multi-purpose area for workshops and courses, a private spa and a gym. The existing courtyards, facing the waterfront and the sea, are redesigned as semi-private / semi-public spaces, accommodating gardens and pools. Whilst, the abandoned green area to the South of the former Colonia is redesigned as a lush park, open to the public and including five pavilions, unique in shape and architecture, suitable for accommodating cafès, restaurants, workshops and other facilities for both the guests and the local community.