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A complex site, with logistical problems and little room to store material on site added to the challenge for the contractorA complex site, with logistical problems and little room to store material on site added to the challenge for the contractor



High demands on loads and geometry – solved with system components

The “Parco della Musica e della Cultura” project is technically extremely challenging. Among other things, the entrance foyer of the large opera house requires a complex construction solution. At a height of 20 m, this area has a 16 m cantilever over a total length of 46 m.

Centrally positioned in the opera house is the stage – 15 m above this, the rectangular stage tower, with its 120 cm thick walls, climbs upwards. The technical equipment is installed on three sides of the tower while the fourth side is open to the auditorium, the ground plan for which is in the form of an ellipse.

The audience seating arrangement, as well as the slabs, are not only inclined but also feature varying slab thicknesses – thus forming complex, curved formwork sections.

The massive structural components used give rise to very high temporary loads which have to be safely transferred. In addition, large room heights, together with numerous wall and slab offsets, result in high requirements being placed on the load-carrying construction regarding the geometrical adaptation.

The Peri-UP Rosett modular scaffold and Multiprop post shores – often connected with MRK frames to form the system – carry high loads and can be easily adapted to suit each building requirement.

The system not only carries the Mutliflex slab formwork but also the wall formwork of the stage tower – this means the loads from a 6 m high beam with a width of 120 cm. The wall sections are self-supporting after the initial 6 m high concreting cycle; subsequently, further sections are then concreted until the tower has been completed.
For larger heights, in particular the entrance hall, Peri UP Rosett modular scaffolding is being used as working scaffold and shoring. Depending on height and load, standard applications with predefined units as well as individually configured shoring towers are utilised.

With nodes positioned at every 50 cm, the scaffolding offers optimal adjustment. If required, the scaffolding can be adjusted in width and depth in a 25 cm grid through the use of 25 cm long ledgers. Moreover, the metric grid dimensions allow bay widths to be divided as required.

All walls are being constructed with the Trio wall formwork with the formwork elements positioned on FB 180 folding platforms at larger heights. The all-purpose work and safety scaffolding reliably transfers the high wind and working operation loads into the structure. For single-sided concreting of the walls in the basements, the construction team is using SB brace frames.

Complex structure of the modern architectural design had many challenges for the contractors. Photo: ABDR Achitetti associati 2011 The “Parco della Musica e della Cultura” facility

When completed, this massive and very impressive building complex will significantly raise the status of the Tuscan capital as an art and cultural centre of the country again.

Complex structure of the modern architectural design had many challenges for the contractors.
Photo: ABDR Achitetti associati 2011 ©

With an opera house with 1,800 seats, a concert hall for 1,100 music lovers, a theatre for audiences up to 2,000, and other public areas, the complex is adaptable to many different cultural events - individually or simultaneously.

Free areas and boulevards as well as an underground car park with 700 parking bays complement the complex

Construction of the “Parco della Musica e della Cultura” is being carried out to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy in 1861 when the individual Italian states were united to form a kingdom. At that time, Florence played an important and influential role, and the city was the capital of new Italy from 1865 to 1871.






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