Blaas General Partnership / monovolume

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Architect: monovolume architecture + design
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Project team: Christian Gold, Barbara Waldboth, Thomas Garasi
Structural Engineering: Baucon Bozen (Ing. Neulichedl Simon)
Program: Commercial building
Building area: 1,250 sqm
Budget: 2,5 Mil. Euro
Project year: 2007
Photographs: Oskar Da Riz

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The company Blaas in Bolzano is specialized in electro-mechanics. In the new head office the company presents its new product range and offers repair service.

ground floor plan
ground floor plan

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On the ground floor of the building there is the sales division, on the first floor the exposition area and the repair shop. All administration offices are located on the second floor. The overall impression of the structure is a homogenous and closed building. Nevertheless, there exists a separation between the public and the private sector. The client can perceive this clear and formal internal division already from the outside.

The façade on the Northern side provides a maximum of visibility and transparency to the exhibition and sales area. The private spaces such as repair offices, stockrooms and offices have their façades exposed to the South, East and West which are protected with a sun screening system.

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In order to establish an optimal relation between natural light, development and planning of spaces there has been created a luminous entrance hall in the centre of the building with an inner courtyard. This green open spot permits the administrative sector of the second floor to receive ample natural light and at the same time it generates a protected, quiet recreation area for the staff.

Cite: "Blaas General Partnership / monovolume" 25 Sep 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=35717>

6 comments

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    much more sensitive way to connect two volume than Fuksas did for the De Cecco… I would only criticize the beams and glass frames, as well as the balustrade of the stair that go against the lightness given by the bean-shaped holes in the concrete slabs… Nice job anyway

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    It is a very eye catching building, from looking at the first photo I thought of the new Volkswagen auto dealerships, something about the louvers covering the windows I guess. If you take a moment to take a look at the floor flans and details you find it’s pretty neat actually.

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