The Republican Docks project in Pisa, Italy included renovations of the Pisan arsenals. For years, only ruins were left of the original structure and function of the building. This building was originally an extension of the city walls of Pisa. Columns and arches were built with a new roof over the Arselani by Fabio Daole and Mario Pasqualetti.
The fourteenth-century arches of the Republican Docks were enhanced by installing large glazing panels using the Secco 4F1 façade system. The use of the galvanised steel framed 4F1 façades create curtain walls. This façade system is thermally broken with a minimal frame, maximising light as well as reducing obstruction to views of the inside of the building and the surrounding areas of the building.
SA 15 windows have also been installed onto this building and by using both of these products, the traditional aspect of the building is maintained as well as allowing the maximum amount of natural light into the building. The SA 15 window system can be rectangular, shaped or curved with insulated glazing of up to 40mm thickness. The windows used in this project have been curved, this helps match the shape of the adjacent fourteenth-century arches.
The concept of this building was created by immense research into the cultural and historical background of the Republican Docks. This building now represents an eight hundred year old building which is used for various events including musical performances and exhibitions.