IGuzzini Illuminazione headquarters expansion
The offices are spread over four floors and are organised around a central atrium with a garden. The development of the atrium at full height up to the skylights and the prevalent use of glass ensure maximum entry of natural light; moreover, the central space is the fulcrum of a natural air circulation system, acting as a “plant vacuum”. The hot air coming from the offices is collected there and then expelled through the ventilation grilles located on the sides of the skylights, contributing – together with the control of the openings of the facade – to the cooling in the middle of the seasons.
The southern and northern facades are completely transparent; protection from sunlight is ensured throughout the building by a metal slatted roof, which in part descends to the south facade, ensuring adequate shading / irradiation at different times of the year. Inside, further control of the lighting is given by the use of Venetian blinds and a shelf that reflects natural light towards the ceiling for its best distribution in depth in the offices. The care for visual and environmental quality is also revealed outside in the access area to the south front, with an inclined green plane that serves as a covered parking lot and hides the heating plants.
iGuzzini Headquarters has been particularly studied not only from the point of view of architecture but also from that of technologies to ensure the same climate comfort and minimum energy consumption at the same time. The first place is given to the study on the exposure: the north and south facades are entirely transparent, consisting of glazing with the following layers: horizontal sunshades, low-emission glass, non-ventilated cavity, floating transparent glass. The east and west facades are opaque and made up of the following layers: light plaster, dense perforated masonry, ventilated cavity, dense perforated masonry, mineral wool insulation.
Client: iGuzzini Illuminazione
Surface area: 2.700 sqm.
Project: Mario Cucinella Architects
Team: Mario Cucinella, Elizabeth Francis, Edoardo Badano, Simona Agabio, Francesco Bombardi, Nadia Perticone, Cristina Pin, James Tynan, Elisabetta Trezzani
Structural engineering: Stefano Sabbatici
Environmental Strategies: Alistair Guthrie, Ove Arup & Partners
Site Managers: Andrea Biti, Mario Cucinella
Façade and Metal Work: Promo Srl, Giuliano Procaccino
Photo Credit: Jean de Calan, MCArchive