tvzeb is an experimental zero energy building brought to fruition by virtue of a cooperative endeavour between the traverso-vighy architecture studio and the University of Padua’s Department of Technical Physics. Nestled in the wooded hills a few kilometers from the historic center of Vicenza, the building was conceived to prominently feature a new environmentally-sound architecture studio. The goal of the project was to develop a low-impact building that blended seam- lessly into the surrounding natural setting and exemplified the visual, renewable energy and user well-being resources of its context both in form and function. Similarly to other architectural projects developed by the studio, the building structure was designed and manufactured in parts by a network of small industrial and craft companies, combining CNC machined and handcrafted components. The larch glulam and galvanized steel structure is suspended along two longitudi- nal lines of the foundation and was dry assembled onsite: all building compo- nents are made from recyclable and/or recycled materials and can be dismantled. This reflects the project’s firm relationship to the concept of potential reversibility and respect for the land: the building can be disassembled at the end of its life cycle and its materials can be separated and recycled, restoring the site to the natural landscape.
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