Turin-Ceres Railway Buildings Restoration, Italian Architecture Project

Turin-Ceres Railway Buildings Restoration

Italian Heritage Renovation design by Fabio Bolognesi

15 May 2014

Turin Railway Buildings

Design: Fabio Bolognesi

Sustainable restoration respects the architectural heritage of the Turin-Ceres railway line

May 2014 – In Italy, the Turin Transport Group (GTT) has undertaken an important renovation project, in conjunction with the infrastructure management body Infratrasporti.To, to restore several railway buildings within the province of Turin. This sensitive project involved the removal of asbestos fibre cement roofing in six regional stations.

Before:
Turin-Ceres Railway buildings renewal design by Fabio Bolognesi

After:
Turin-Ceres Railway buildings renovation design by Fabio Bolognesi

The recently completed project substituted the original roof structures with sustainable solutions offering superior energy efficiency, including DuPont™ Tyvek®, an advanced breather membrane that is unique in the market due to its high-quality single layer construction.

Architect Fabio Bolognesi, project director and safety coordinator for Infratrasporti.To, was responsible for preserving the historic, aesthetic and architectural value of the buildings, while assuring a sustainable and energy efficient renovation. Initially the refit involved only the elimination of the asbestos elements, but the architect ultimately decided on a more radical intervention to the entire roof systems.

Turin-Ceres Railway line building restoration design by Fabio Bolognesi

Turin-Ceres Railway line building roof restoration

To preserve the architectural characteristics of the buildings, the restoration included the repair of original decorative timber elements and paneling, as well as the replacement of obsolete roof tiles with aesthetically identical alternatives made from asbestos-free, ecologically sound materials. Such measures contributed to full approval from the regional governing bodies that regulate the preservation of heritage environments.

Turin-Ceres Railway line building roof restoration

To provide a superior level of protection and energy efficiency to the buildings, DuPont™ Tyvek® high-performance breather membranes was specified for application prior to the installation of new the sustainable fibre cement roof tiles.

Turin-Ceres Railway line building roof restoration

DuPont™ Tyvek® is very easy to install and highly suited to pitched roof systems, offering proven reliability. Impermeable to air, water and dust but providing naturally superior vapour diffusion, the membrane acts as a barrier protecting the building from damage due to condensation and atmospheric agents.

Turin-Ceres Railway line building roof restoration

Improving structural airtightness and moisture management when correctly installed, DuPont™ Tyvek® enhances interior comfort and reduces heating or air conditioning costs. Furthermore, the membrane is extremely resistant to damage, thus protecting the structure both during the construction phase and optimising energy performance for the long term.

Turin-Ceres Railway line building roof restoration

DuPont™ Tyvek® is consists primarily of high density polyethylene (HDPE) polymer without the use of plasticizers or restricted chemicals as listed in European Directives, therefore making no hazardous emissions. Its application to the station buildings of the Torino-Ceres railway line is fully aligned with the key objectives of sustainability, low environmental impact, and respect for the architectural heritage guiding the entire project.

Turin-Ceres Railway Buildings Restoration information / images received from DuPont

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