opening of the Food Village in Italian earthquake shattered village Amatrice

The official inauguration of the Amatrice Food Village has been held Saturday, July 29th at the presence of authorities and citizens. It is the first complex to be entirely built and delivered to the citizens.

The work was accomplished thanks to the pro-earthquake victim funds provided by Corriere della Sera and TgLa7 through the “Un aiuto subito. Terremoto Centro Italia 6.0” supportive initiative, which has been a reliable point of reference for those who want to contribute to public utilities works in the wake of catastrophic events since 1997.
The funds for the populations stricken by the earthquake in Central Italy, raised with “Un Aiuto Subito” by Corriere della Sera and TgLa7 through Banca Prossima and the TIM “With You We Do” crowdfunding, amount to over €8 million.

Amatrice Food Village is part of “Amate Amatrice” project

The delivery of the entire facility is been a tangible proof of the rebuilding, part of the “Amate Amatrice” project, thanks to the design contribution of the architect Stefano Boeri and the operational contribution of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Innova FVG, Filiera del Legno FVG and Domus Gaia. This important challenge kept the entire staff of
Stefano Boeri Architetti busy in an innovative, 100% wood project, built very quickly in order to contribute to overcoming a dramatic emergency.

Attending the inauguration of the Amatrice Food Village along with Amatrice Mayor Sergio Pirozzi and representatives of the local institutions, there have been Luciano Fontana, Editor-in-chief of Corriere della Sera; Vasco Errani, Reconstruction Commissioner; Fabrizio Curcio, Director of the Civil Defence Department; the Architect Stefano Boeri; and Matteo Marsilio, representative of the Friuli Filiera del Legno coordinated by Innova FVG. The inauguration of the Amatrice Food Village is been also an opportunity to present “AMA AMATRICE Rose Garden”. It symbolises the rebuilding, and Dania Lupi has accompanied the presentation with a reading of (lines of) verses dedicated to Amatrice that she wrote herself. Then the town’s excellence has gotten off to a new start on July 29th. All restaurateurs, united, will return to their restaurants for the first time since the earthquake to prepare
what has made them famous worldwide. A new life awaits Amatrice starting now.

Come on, Amatrice!

The official delivery of the food area is an authentic turning point. Now, after so many collapses and promises, there is finally a solid place. Designed by Stefano Boeri and built by the Filiera del Legno of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Amatrice Food Village is complete with all eight facilities: one coffee bar and seven restaurants that fell to pieces on August 24th. With large windows looking onto the Monti della Laga mountain range, it is a place that will attract tourists from around the world and will give jobs to dozens of Amatrice families. Boeri states: “For me, this is a very touching moment. I’m happy that the new area has been delivered after so much effort and a never-ending winter that seemed to want to block us in every way! With the struggles of everyone, we were successful in our undertaking and today everything will begin to work again. Amatrice will finally be able to go back to offering its citizens and visitors the area’s food and wine excellences. It is a small though big sign of revival in a place profoundly wounded in its soul and body, a place that all Italians hold dear to their hearts”. The marvel of this area demonstrates that something can be built rapidly at a low cost, safely and with high quality.

Debora Serracchiani states: “Friuli Venezia Giulia is proud to be in the front line in Central Italy to offer its combination of human experience and technology needed for the rebuilding. In this sense, Amate Amatrice is truly an innovative project that dates back to the land shaken in 1976 earthquake, and it stretches out its arms to the future
through the most advanced know-how of our wood chain”. “We are proud to have taken up a challenge as important as rebuilding Amatrice together with Filiera del Legno FVG”, says Matteo Marsilio. “The completion of the facility, and its being put into use, symbolise a strong signal of rebirth for the people of Amatrice, for the workers’ fresh start and for the production activities.”

credits by “Giovanni Nardi” and “Legnolandia per Stefano Boeri Architetti” and “Paolo Rosselli / Stefano Boeri Studio”

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