Permeable to natural light and the land, the building unveils its character and increases interactions of its community.
It reconstructs the interrupted landscape, and projects this scenario into the future, making use of the site’s environmental potential to reach resources for its livelihood.
Specifically, the building makes use of passive systems and devices to maximize energy efficiency and collaborates with the mass and energy of the place: it stores and releases heat due to the high thermal capacity of the materials used.
All rooms relate to a patio or garden, so that daylight and ventilation permeates the work spaces, through skylights in the roof. Proper lighting of the rooms and workings is ensured by a system of opaque or filtering curtains and a system of modulating artificial light according to the natural light outside.
The indoor plaza is the bioclimatic greenhouse that opens to the winds and stores heat, as well as the device that does not alter the compositional axiality of the settlement and allows physical connections and visual connections.
Special scattered pipes throughout the project area exchange with the subsoil and, near the entrance plaza, and become ventilation chimneys that filter and feed clean air into the building.
1. Air treatment unit with high-efficiency heat recovery
2. Outside air flow rates according to ASHRAE 62.1.2010 adjusted to actual occupancy
3. Equipment with reduced potable water flow rates
4. Use of materials with high recycled content and low emissivity
5. Dimming of artificial versus natural light and maximization of natural light inputs
6. Recovery and reuse of meteoric water
7. High visual and thermal comfort
8. Energy produced from renewable sources
9. Energy-efficient exterior envelope
10. Use of passive sustainability strategies
Bagno a Ripoli (Italy)
Intended use: production facility
Period of realization: 2017
Area: 4600 sqm