gmp wins Bologna power station conversion

German firm gmp has won an international competition to convert a former power station in Bologna, Italy into a modern technology park.

Covering 110,000m2, the technology centre will contain an exhibition hall, laboratories, offices, research centre and lecture halls.

The refurbishment will also bring in conference facilities, hotel facilities, shops, a day nursery, restaurants and refectories.

Originally designed by famous Italian engineer and architect Pier Luigi Nervi, the site was built in the 1940s as a factory for a tobacco company.

The new structures will carry the signature of the listed historic buildings, albeit in a modern form.

A tall chimney in the trademark Bolognese red brick is the primary landmark, while the complex is laid out around a central square.