Within an area in the city of Bologna undergoing an urban redevelopment process is this new Hera plant for the production of electrical and thermal energy. Since the area is not predominantly industrial, a reduction in the height of the buildings was required, as well as a restyling of the shapes and colours of the whole construction, in order for it to blend smoothly into the urban surroundings. The cumbersome single block that made up the previous plant was replaced by more dynamic lines that reduce the visual impact of the construction.
The colours chosen for the new plant are the warm tones of the city of Bologna: brick red, ochre, tufa yellow, dark brown and rust. The materials used for the exterior of the plant also seek to transmit a much less austere and more material sensation than the existing construction, with the main covering materials being ceramics and expanded metal. Ceramic material in particular was used on part of the façades, the roof terraces and the covering of the flues.