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Bellinzona, Switzerland 1967-1970

A territorial structure

The approach to the public swimming pool materializes as a reinforced concrete structure that builds the landscape and organizes the territory. Materializing a path or, simply, building a path six metres above the level that goes from town to river, crossing the emptiness of the Ticino flood plain, means relating the public space of the baths with the plain, the hill of Castelgrande, the town, the mountains, and the sky. An overall spatial vision is implemented to address all functional, organizational and management aspects: the town is connected with the river across a large void by a walkway, a structure that brings openness to the town’s extension, designed within the landscape, ready to welcome new activities. The reinforced concrete of the footbridge expresses this urban dimension, with an underlying metal structure to articulate the different functions. The green of the meadow with its pools, meanwhile, remains the same lawn as ever, but is now an open public space.


Architects: Aurelio Galfetti, Flora Ruchat-Roncati and Ivo Trümpy
Civil engineers: Guido Steiner, Enzo Vanetta
Client: Città di Bellinzona
Competition: 1967
Construction: 1968-1970
Text: Aurelio Galfetti (translation Elaine Fradley)
Short film: Pablo Casals Aguirre, 2017

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Aurelio Galfetti, Flora Ruchat & Ivo Trümpy

Aurelio Galfetti, Flora Ruchat-Roncati and Ivo Trümpy set up his architectural practice together from 1962 to 1970 and were considered as the main representatives of the so-called “Ticino school”.

Aurelio Galfetti (Lugano, 1936) studied architecture at the ETHZ. Between 1962 and 1980 he collaborated with Ivano Gianola, Livio Vacchini, Mario Botta, Rino Tami and Luigi Snozzi. He was professor, director and head of the master’s degree programme in Territorial Architecture at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (1996-2006). Flora Ruchat-Roncati (Mendrisio, 1937; Zürich, 2012) studied architecture at the ETHZ and worked for Rino Tami. From 1971 she set up her own studio in Riva San Vitale, and from 1975 to 1985 worked in Rome. She worked with Dolf Schnebli &Tobias Ammann, and Renato Salvi. She was professor at the ETH Zurich (1985-2002). Ivo Trümpy (Lugano, 1937) studied at the Scuola Tecnica Superiore at Lugano-Trevano. From 1970, he set up his architectural practice with Aurelio Bianchini in Riva San Vitale.

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Pablo Casals Aguirre

Pablo Casals Aguirre is a Chilean architect and photographer graduated with honors by the UNAB in 2006. He has worked in several offices in Chile, prior to establishing his own office of architecture, design and photography in 2009. He has been teaching at the UNAB / Campus Creativo, where he is currently in charge of the Cinema-Architecture Workshop «Voyeur City». Within the framework of the exhibition White Mountain / 20 years of contemporary Chilean architecture, his audiovisual work Punta Pite received a distinction at the 5th Budapest Architecture Film Days. His work has been worldwide exhibited, notably at GAM in Santiago, Uffizi Museum in Florence, IUAV in Venice, Aedes Gallery in Berlin, the London Design Festival, and the Venice Architecture Biennale.

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