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Piossasco Fucina di Ferro
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for a Hub House co-operative coliving project

#34 🏅60%  REJECT • €100k • industrial • town • 650m² hub • Old ironworks on a good plot alongside a stream in the centre of a small town. Whilst obviously long abandonded the structure is easily adapated to a layout that works well for coliving.
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northern Italy — near Pinerolo, Turin
☃️8–15°  🏖29–34°  ☀️14 days  🌧10 days; good sun exposure (if not misty!)
AWFUL  🔨 effort
OKAY  🚌 transport
GOOD  ✈️ access
GOOD  🛒 shops
GOOD  🏙 towns
GOOD  🧗 activities
OKAY  ☀️ climate
GOOD  ⛰️ nature
OKAY  🌷 garden
OKAY  🏠 building
DODGY  ⛲️ hood
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Environment ✧ small town surrounded by nature, lots of trail 20 mins walk away; mountains 20km, skiing 1h, coast 2h; good activities from SUP 20 mins away on a lake to hang gliding

Services ✧ fiber ✅ theatre/cinema/resturant/venue next door; town centre 10mins walk along stream

Access ✧ station 15mins drive (different town), Turin 45min bus; airport 40 mins drive

Notes ✧ in sat view most of the building is hidden by trees (it's below/south of what is visible)
✦ will require a new extension, not likely to be a problem given that the nextdoor mill has a massive modern exension
✦ a large walled conservatory will avoid the uglyiness and loss of privacy from the trees during ☃️
✦ 4,000m2 of land next to (somewhat feeble) stream; can make a path to teh mill so we don't walk along the road into town
✦ 1st floor for rooms as ground floor below sewerage; ground floor has brick vaulted cielings so floor is solid, 2nd needs replacing; attic is barely usable due to central columns and low pitch, however would make great mezzanines for rooms
✦ the neighbouring hill has lots of paths
✦ fibre is available at the other end of the land; WiMAX form the tower too of course
✦ surrounded by a housing district thus may not feel very natural except in  🏖
✦ sunnier and warmer than Udine
✦ fairly unimpressive small town of 18k pop
✦ main building is ~20mx10=200==400 attic not usable unless roof entirely replaced, plus a tower/staircase?
✦ not actually straight (plan in ad#1)
✦ a reasonable size for extension might be 15x6=90==180, with no attic it would be hard to have enough rooms only on the 1st floor, if the extension has a third attic floor it wouldn't be a problem, however it would block sunlight unless oriated parrallel to the main building and joined by a bridge with conservatory in-between (ideal!); in this layout it could be 8*30 or more giving an extra 480m2 on two floors, we really don't need that much common space, so some shared rooms would be on the ground with shared bath above
✦ the canal has been blocked so doesn't carry water, although it may be possible to regain rights or re-dam the stream
✦ if it's not foggy could install solar
Property ✧ not as industrial as it sounds, just a basic open plan factory building having 4000m2 of land overgrown with trees, essentially an island between the canal down from the mill next door (renovated into an event venue) and the stream of which it has around 200m; lovely setting when the trees have leaves, otherwise rather less so
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