The new Eataly store, which has opened in Trieste, has eliminated the risk of flooding by means of H.A.B Srl's automatic flood protection barriers.
On 17 January 2017, the new Eataly store opened on Riva Tommaso Gulli 1, Trieste, in the historic Magazzino Vini (wine warehouse). The architectural refurbishment was curated by Studio Archea in Florence, with design by Florentine architect Marco Casamonti.
The automatic Hydro Air Bank anti-flooding systems were chosen in order to provide complete protection of the building and the underground car parks.
This type of flood protection barrier has been used all over Italy since 1997, and it represents a secure, definitive solution to flooding risks. It completely eliminates architectural barriers, and it guarantees a minimal impact both on the environment and on the historic building's architectural quality.
H.A.B. automatic flood barrier systems operate in a completely automatic mode, even in the total absence of electric power.
The flood barriers are specifically designed for the location, and are sunk into the flooring. They take up very little space, and are activated by an inflatable lifting (rubberdam) envelope using air or water. Therefore no pollutants are used in these plants.
In this specific instance, five barriers were placed at all the building's pedestrian entrances, with another at the head of the ramp leading down to Eataly's underground car parks, guaranteeing total flood protection for all the basement and ground floor areas of the brand-new "Temple of Italian food and wine excellence."