Italian Monuments


Municipality of Putignano, Laboratorio Urbano

Region: Puglia
Province: Bari
Municipality: Putignano
Address: Via Santa Caterina da Siena 25 
Coordinates: 40°51’15.86’’N – 17°07’16.07’’E
Property: Municipality of Putignano
Tipology: Public building – former slaughterhouse
Period: first years of the XX century


The Laboratorio Urbano called “Ex-macello” is owned by the Municipality of Putignano  The renovation of the former municipal slaughterhouse, a historic building built in the early 1900s, has been decommissioned for decades. The original layout of the building was articulated, on the ground floor, around a large central atrium, with a trapezoidal shape, on which the rooms on all four sides still overlook today.
The former slaughterhouse has been completely repurposed. Several rooms have been set up: a theater room, a theater laboratory, a music laboratory, a multimedia room, 7 guest rooms, kitchen and multifunction room, two rooms deposit, secretariat and services.

Adjacent to the northern elevation, there is a construction that has never been renovated and is in precarious conditions with an independent entrance on via Don Lorenzo Milani. The structure, built after the main building of the former slaughterhouse, presumably in the 1970s, was used to accommodate the purifiers and other machines serving the slaughterhouse itself, connected to it by an internal staircase currently walled up.

Enhancement proposal

The “Ex Macello Depot” is composed of a series of structures to be reconnected. It will provide 12 beds, workshops linked to cultural and artisanship itineraries including that of the papier-mâché tradition.


September 2019 / November 2023
€ 21.115.000,00
€ 17.947.750,00
€ 3.167.250,00

This project is co-funded by European Union, European Regional Development Fund (E.R.D.F.) and by National Funds of Greece and Italy.

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