Architects: Lab255, arch. Dario Perego
Location: Bergamo, Italy
Client: Electric Line
Design Principal: Dario Perego
Project Architects: Dario Perego, Palmisano Aristide, Quadri Daniele
Project Area: 1200 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2008
Photographs: Gian Marco Finazzi, Paolo Ravasio
The office building is situated in a suburban area full of unpleasant industrial block. The setting makes the project a milestone to combat the ugly scenery.
We decided to show that is possible make a nice box, and the idea came from the process of deconstructing the box through the Cartesian line, then considering the main function like boxes and playing with their composition, we put them into the project site.
The results are proportioned spaces, where the full structure is shown and the cold steel striking an interesting combination with the wood for the suspended walk way and also for the facade panels.
Working on the exterior skin, we decided to use a white surface to contrast the gray surrounding, and we made the façade openings respectful of the summer and winter solstice.
To be more efficient we use a sunshading system for the south faced that remark the inside structure. A south-facing sun shading system makes the design more efficient and sustainable. The concept of “insection” – it’s guideline to design the architectonic space, inspired from the factory process production.
The project aims to optimize the space, lowering cost, time costruction and at the same time see to it that it is environmentally friendly, well-integrated to its surroundings. This can only be achieved through energy-efficient design solutions.
The skin of the building looks from the outside like a modular composition of glass and white surfaces, carefully designed according to the functions and needs.
A double-height area welcomes the visitor at the entrace where the meeting-block is integrated into service-block, a suspended stairs connects the ground floor with the first floor with a suspend walk way, made of wood that mark the walk area from the office space.
From the inside, the outside is drawn by the modular part like frame of a paint, the garden outside on the other hand aims to give a softer landscape at the surroundings – creating a personal space where the users of the buildings can benefit from.