To explore the relationship between form and performance
The project is the winner in the international competition for the design of a new building complex for offices and research laboratories. It covers an area of 5,000 square meters.The customer required a property to be allocated to its offices that would meet the highest standards of architectural and environmental quality, and was characterized by a maximum level of environmental sustainability. The new building surrounds a central courtyard, that’s the hub of the complex. The roof of the building, the so‑called fifth facade, is the strongest design feature of the project. A series of chimneys give to the building a strong architectural identity while satisfying the technological requirements of the brief. The chimneys are skylights that filter natural light, promote natural ventilation and reduce the need for mechanical cooling.
Overall, the entire building works proactively with the local microclimate meeting the technological needs manifested in the briefing. All the workspaces are open to the outside by the inclusion of green courtyards creating an alteration of soid void – indoor‑outdoor micro‑environment that break up and define the building volumes.
Location: Ferrara, Italy
Type: Winner project of International Competition
Client: ARPA Ferrara
Surface area: 5 000 mq
Project: Mario Cucinella Architects
Team: Mario Cucinella, Michele Olivieri, Giulio Desiderio, Chiara Tomassi, Francesco Barone, Caterina Maciocco, Antonella Maggiore, Giulio Pisciotti, Luca Stramigioli, Alessio Rocco, Debora Venturi. Models: Natalino Roveri, Yuri Costantini, Andrea Genovesi
Structural engineering: Tecnopolis S.P.A.
Wood structures: SWS Engineering
Bioclimatic studies: TIFS Ingenieria
Electrical engineering: Tecnopolis S.P.A.
Photo credit: Moreno Maggi, Lena Taddia