Crossing the Arch of Fano and walking along what was once the decumanus maximus (now Via Arco d’Augusto) one reaches the last open space before the descent to the sea: Piazza Avveduti. An urban void shaped by some of the most important 16th-century palazzi in the Adriatic city. One of these architectures, forming the corner between Piazza Avveduti and Via Nolfi, hosts the Gelateria.
The two interior rooms of the Gelateria are articulated according to two different heights: the main room, in continuity with Piazza Avveduti, and the elevated laboratory, accessible from the first room through a opening and three steps. The project focuses on the main space intended for customer transit: a room with a quadrangular floor plan, two openings and a ceiling about four meters high.
The layout of the Gelateria aims to make the use of the main room more functional. The main room is articulated by a sequence of fixed and mobile furnishings: the wall of the back counter (which incorporates the access to the laboratory), the counter, the display shelving, the freezer boxes and the totem. The first two are the fixed parts of the space and mark out the work areas; the other four movable components complete the set-up by qualifying the objects they will contain.
The colors used for the fixed furnishings recall the soft Adriatic colors through the shades of green of the back counter and of the graniglia covering the counter. The movable carpentry, on the other hand, is made of birch plywood that shows the structure of the wooden layers.
This series of fixed and movable furniture floats in a neutral space defined by the off-white finish of the walls, the grey of the continuous floor and the window frames. The only exception is the circular graniglia insert that decorates the bare surface of the west wall and dialogues with the Charlotte Perriand sphere.