City of Environmental Sciences FATA - Calabria Sience Park

An example of sustainable glulam building within the Sila National Park.

The "City of Environmental Sciences FATA" is part of the museum network of the Sila National Park, a system that integrates cultural services, scientific research, environmental protection, sustainable recreational activities, warmth and hospitality; a system aimed at responding to the vocations of the place, to the expectations of  local people, and to concretely reach the desired social, cultural and economic development of the Sila area.

Project details

Glued laminated timber 385 m³

Steel 1.800 kg

The museum is conceived as a permanent information center that offers new educational opportunities and enhances the territory through the creation of a pole of attraction aimed primarily at schools.

It is an innovative space designed to stimulate public interest in scientific and environmental culture, promoting the natural resources of the Sila Mountains.

As a result of an action of strategic value for the local tourist development carried out with the funding of about 5 million euros, as part of the integrated project of local development (PISL) "Nature: a bridge between sea and mountain" of Por Fesr Calabria 2007 - 2013, the FATA museum is an attractor of the local tourist system of the small Sila, in the municipality of Taverna.

This initiative is part of the activities to promote protected areas and raise awareness and environmental education. The objective is to recover and redevelop an important area within the Sila National Park that was entirely unused and build infrastructures made of environmentally friendly and totally removable material, used to place the tools and equipment necessary for the educational activities.

The idea behind the FATA project is based on the concept of "Edutainment", a methodology used in the major national and international educational institutions, which allows educational aspects to interact with entertainment, where experience becomes the end and means of the educational institutions.

In Italian language, its name is the acronym of the 4 natural elements - Fire, Air, Earth, Water - and has a high scientific and environmental value, whose content will be developed in the pavilions dedicated to the 4 elements of nature.

It is important to emphasize that the site in which the City of Sciences is located is of European significance: according to some international research it is the place where you can breathe the cleanest air in Europe!

The structure of the museum

The structure of the museum consists of a ground floor and a first floor connected by an internal staircase in glulam. The floor is made with wooden framework and reinforced concrete slabs, for a part in light on the glulam pillars and for the remaining part on a reinforced concrete counter-wall.

The roof consists of a main frame of curved beams arranged in a radial pattern and straight purlins. The 12 central pillars, about 15 m high, identify the "central drum", the main core of the entire roof which is earthquake-resistant. Inside, there is a circular skylight whose main curved beams merge into a metal ring.

Along the perimeter of the museum, it rises a porch of curved beams and inclined pillars with various angles; it is all linked by a bracing system made with metal poles and glulam struts.

The porch is anchored to the museum's perimeter structure with connections that facilitate scheduled maintenance by sectors.