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Residential Renovation towards nearly zero energy CITIES

The Lavatrici District, Genoa

The social housing district of Lavatrici was developed during 1980-1990. The pilot is located on the west part of the city in the so called Pegli 3 District on a natural hill.


The site consists of more than 500 dwellings. It is divided in four main blocks and each of them is composed by three different buildings: a high block, a lower block, and a centre clock of apartments that span a large change in elevation called “the steps.” 

The complex is diverse in ownership (some public some private), energy infrastructure (some renovated some not), and population (some private, some public, young, and old). The complex has one common area, ample parking, and is served by a public bus line.