Until 2025, Turin will host the ATP Finals, one of the most important international tennis tournaments in the world, known as Nitto ATP Finals under sponsorship agreements. In the professional sporting event, the top eight singles players and doubles teams in the ATP rankings compete for the title of “Masters” of the tournament, which comes with a big cash prize. The tournament first took place in Turin from November 14 to 21, 2021, when the German tennis player Alexander Zverev won the singles tournament and the French duo of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won double. The city has adapted and restored a number of existing buildings to host the international sporting event: architect Benedetto Camerana transformed the Pala Alpitour conceived by Arata Isozaki for the 2006 Winter Olympics to host all tennis matches, while the Circolo della Stampa Sporting was recovered by Ferrari Architetti Studio provide a broader base and Training center for the ATP Turin Nitto 2021 finals.
Turin architecture workshop From Ferrari was appointed in February 2021 after winning the design competition for the restoration of the Circolo della Stampa Sporting. The restoration and renovation project has enabled the city to recover the historic Circolo Sporting complex and sports facilities, making the circle the training center for the ATP finals, with two Greenset tennis courts on which the best tennis players around the world used to train before taking part in matches. held in the neighboring Pala Alpitour.
Circolo della Stampa Sporting in Turin complex has over sixty years of tradition behind it as one of Italy’s most prestigious clubs for competitive sporting events. The complex was built in the early 1940s in a green oasis next to the Olympic stadium, right in the city center, and consists of an elegant clubhouse designed by the architect Domenico morelli in 1943, a 40 x 50 meter swimming pool with an Olympic diving board and a 4000-seat amphitheater-shaped stadium field which is considered a historical heritage building and protected by the Superintendence of the Architectural Heritage of Piedmont.
By Ferrari Architettithe project focuses on the restoration of the clubhouse designed by Domenico Morelli, and the architects maintained the rationalist spirit of the building, constructing a canopy roof to house the entrance to the foyer. A new lighting system was designed for the space, restoring existing elements such as the columns covered with mosaics and the original floors and plasterwork. The project also included the renovation of a 1960s hangar, converted into a tournament training center. The existing metal structure was salvaged and restored, using a new high-tech semi-transparent polycarbonate coating on the walls and roof. Finally, the changing rooms have been completely redesigned to resemble tennis courts, with bright yellow furniture colored tennis balls.
Images courtesy of Studio De Ferrari Architects, photos by Fabio Oggero
Project name: Restoration and renovation of the Sports Press Club
Location: Corso Agnelli 45 Turin, Italy
Project and construction management: Studio De Ferrari Architects
Design team: Vittorio Jacomussi, Osvaldo Laurini, Agostino De Ferrari, Alessandro Bellesia, Marta Bergoglio, Claudia Gatti
Systems and security project: Studio CYD
Team: Giancarlo Gramoni, Yara Gramoni
Structural project: Claudia Costan Zovi
Underground services project: Lorenzo Rolle
Site manager: Maurizio Gallo
Construction company: ICZ – Intercostruzioni
Pitch lighting: Tennis Led Point
Central air conditioning: Aermec
Polycarbonate coatings: Dott. Gallina, Docks & Docker
Reception desk supply: Woodex
Locker room furniture: Artespazio
Photos: © Fabio Oggero