This case study regards the Lido Comunale in Reggio Calabria, planned by P. L. Nervi (1962), which extends about one kilometre and for the programme (2000 cabins, pedestrian square, covered swimming pool, dance area, shops, parking space, tennis club and nautical club, cinema-theatre, restaurants) can be considered the first modern plan of waterfront projected in Italy. For economic and urban reasons, the bathing complex was in part built in the 60’s by La Face and Ziparo, who have taken care of the executive and building, following an agreement decided with Nervi. For this motive the restoration, that the lido today requires, is refused by those who have no knowledge as to the paternity of Nervi and therefore, they judge the bathing complex is a bulky cement barrier situated between the new museums projected by Z. Hadid along the city promenade, while others consider the bathing complex by Nervi, a building that Reggio C. – that is without monuments after the earthquake of 1908 – must consider with utmost attention. Documents and designs, signed by Nervi, prove the correspondence of the constructions carried out following the original idea.
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