• 11 Nov, 2018

The Hennebique grain silos are considered one of the most complex concrete works of the 20th century. They stand in a strategic position next to the main Harbour Station, the embarking point for cruise ships, the port of Genoa ferries and Piazza Principe railway station. In disuse since the 1980’s, today these silos can be given a new function while respecting to the historic/cultural and technical features of the building, integrating the functions of the centuries-old port. This project would turn the building into a hub of general interest, also serving cruise activities, tourism and urban events. The building will be granted through a public tender by the Port Authority of the Western Ligurian Sea foreseeing the construction of 41,000 sqm of urban space that respect the conservation and protection owed to a historical building. The building constitutes the central element of a cycle way/foot path that passes through the entire arc of the historic port district and represents the completion of the urban design of the former port arc between the sea and the historical district.



ENGINEERS: Ing. A. Carissimo, Ing. G. Crotti, Ing. G. B. De Cristoforis

NUMBER OF STOREYS: 5 + 2 (Turret)

CONSTRUCTION: Foundations: concrete - Structure: concrete - Roof: concrete


TOTAL AREA 41.000 sqm

DIMENSIONS: Width: 39 m Length: 212 m Height: 40 m


    • Exhibition
    • Nautical
    • Tourism
    • Offices
Why invest in this project
  • Building adjoins the Maritime Station – Cruising Terminal of the Port of Genoa (2 Million passengers in 2018)

  • It is the central part of the bicycle and pedestrian path that goes through the historic port area and it's close to the Aquarium of Genova, one of the main tourist attractions of the city (1 Million visitors in 2018)

  • It is part of the ancient port area and it connects the sea with the historical city centre, characterised by its urban functions

  • On April 4th, 2007 the Ministry of Cultural Activities and Heritage declared Hennebique Site of Historic and Artistic Interest (art.10 comma 1 D.Lgs. n.42/2004) as it is considered “an important example of industrial architecture in Genoa”

  • Strong committment of the public administration on the project

  • Proximity of important roads and mobility infrastructures (airport, railway stations, motorway toll booths)

    • 6,5 km from the airport

    • 0,6 km from the Railway station

    • 2,5 km from the Highway

    • 0,1 km from public transport (bus, Metro)
The invitation to Tender

A framework agreement was signed by the Regional Authority of Liguria, the Port Authority of Genoa and Savona, the Municipality of Genoa, the Superintendence of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape with the collaboration of the Department of Architecture and Design of the University of Genoa.

The scope of the agreement is to definitively establish the rules for protecting the heritage and, at the same time, define all the works, including the transformational works, that can be carried out on the building to eliminate any uncertainty in this regard.

Consequently, the agreement establishes the technical process that the Administration must follow − within a year from the signing of the agreement, at the latest − to achieve this aim, through studies and research aimed at the preparation of the Technical Paper prescribed by the Regulations on Public Tenders for Works regarding protected cultural heritage. Within this process, the Department of Architecture and Design of the University of Genoa will be assigned the task of curating the technical-scientific part of the project and the relative activities will be submitted for examination to an ad hoc Technical-Scientific Coordination Committee made up of technical representatives of the signatory Administrations.

The goal is to establish the constraints within which the public and private sectors must act to evaluate the real estate. The building can be given in concession for renovation and management in conformity with the functions that will be stipulated upon completion of the works of the group of Entities determined by the Framework Agreement through the “OpenProcedure Tender” pursuant to art. 36 of the Navigation Code.

The intervention related to the building Hennebique must highlight the relationship with the sea, proposing on the south side a space flanking the water, compatible with the unique characters and safeguarding the architectural façades, favoring the realization of an internal path that connects the maritime station and the terminal cruises of Ponte Parodi and Porto Antico. The main functions, in line with the strategic position, must respect the city’s infrastructures, related to tourism, entertainment activities, free time and culture.