Nice partners with Mario Cucinella Architects to design the new Nice headquarters in Brazil

19 Dec 2019

2 min

An innovative architecture that will set a new model for Sustainable Design in South America

Nice, the Italian multinational which is world leader in the Home Automation, Home Security and Smart Home sector and the renowned design studio MC A – Mario Cucinella Architects have broken ground on a 16,000 sqm industrial complex in Brazil.

Located in Limeira to the north west of São Paulo, the building, which aspires to meet LEED certification, will be topped with a roof inspired by the shape of a tropical leaf. In addition to the roof design, the building will act as a landmark example of sustainable factory architecture. Moreover the new Brazilian Nice headquarter is designed as a smart factory inspired by the principles of Industry 4.0, a new manufacturing approach based on new production technologies to improve working conditions, create new business models and increase the productivity and production quality of plants. 

The 100 million plus R$ complex will be the new headquarters of Nice in Brazil and one of Nice’s global R&D centres. MC A’s design aims to reinterpret the concept of a production building by establishing a dialogue with the surrounding environment and community.

The building will present a light, open front to the main public street. Here, two floors of offices, communal areas, training spaces, triple height showroom and a soaring lobby will be housed under the dramatically cantilevering roof. Production facilities will be located to the rear, overlooked by a window from the lobby so that visitors can see the automated final assembly line in action.

Beyond the production space, suspended pathways will lead to a rear building of staff facilities containing a gym, nursery and outdoor kitchen area for traditional churrasco cooking, which will be dedicated to employees and their families.

The Nice headquarter is designed to reduce energy use through a variety of passive and active measures that take advantage of the favourable climatic conditions. As a result, the building will be able to operate off-grid for some portions of the year with zero carbon emissions.

The design re-establishes a symbiotic relationship between built space and nature by interacting with the surrounding landscape, reinterpreting traditional Brazilian architectural elements and encouraging users to take advantage of all its passive features”, says Mario Cucinella of MC A.

Thanks to a combination of thermal mass and natural ventilation, the production area will require no cooling or heating. The overhanging roof will provide the glass facades with shading from solar radiation while allowing all working spaces to be flooded with diffuse light. Openable façade elements will allow the whole Nice headquarter building to rely on natural ventilation for two thirds of the year.

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