Beyond this, Alessandro Mason has also done numerous projects that tackle issues surrounding demolition, reinvention and inherently also circularity. An example of one of these works is the byproduct of the collaboration between Studio GISTO and Fablab Cfv. The location was in an old Industrial site in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy and the challenge was to try and get the old material out of the industrial area without any need of material from outside and at zero cost. Since these old industrial buildings are subject to rapid transformation and frequent changes in purpose, function, flows and products, their architectural structure remains almost unchanged over the passage of times. There is an abundance of large and complex machines, structures and equipment leftover that is not in use but were designed to be long-lasting and high resistance and as a result remain in these buildings.
This is where Fablab Cfv came in to work with various groups to reinvent and reimagine some of these old structures and machines. Studio GISTO was one of these groups, and they created a flyover structure as a workshop, a protection for the machine areas which also became a stair for the upper levels, following the vertical development of the space. All out of the materials that were found onsite. Alessandro went on to say, “I’ll give you an example. If you live in a forest, you build your house with wood because you are surrounded by the woods. But if you live in an urban area, which is in constant transformation, why not use what is already available?”