The international competition on urban planning for the new Cornaredo
district (NQC) wishes to offer a moment of reflection on the search
for innovative solutions to the development of a new "gateway"
for the city of Lugano in an area with great development potential.
Since July 2012, given the opening of the “Vedeggio-Cassarate
“ tunnel (3km-long), the north sector of the urban center is
directly connected to the motorway. This has allowed the Cornaredo
district, one of the suburbs, to be open to new development perspectives
. The new Cornaredo district (NQC), which covers approximately 1 million
square meters, will become the new "gateway" to the urban
center, because it will permit to solve important functional requirements
related to the new road link, such including a large intermodal node
with park-and-ride facilities for commuters.
The agglomeration of Lugano is one of the most important urban and
economic centres in Switzerland. The aim of the international
competition was to find urban planning solutions for the
one million square metres of the NQC, which will prove attractive
for both users and investors. The winning entry, which integrate the
functional requirements of mobility with the formal aspects of qualitative
urban development, resulted in a Masterplan
NQC. In June 2010, the local
Zoning plan was approved by authorities, and the implementation
is delegated to the NQC
Agency, that has been operating since 2012.
arial photo of the project area