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iGuzzini Illuminazione
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DESIGNER
 
 
MC A Mario Cucinella Architects
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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
General ecology
The building is designed to house the administrative, commercial and management offices of the iGuzzini company, and seeks to optimise the control of natural light, exploitation of natural ventilation, and use of thermal mass.
The offices occupy four floors and are organised around a central atrium that contains a garden made from stone scales and bamboo canes. The height of the atrium – reaching the full height of the building up to the skylights – and the prevailing use of glass ensure maximum natural light. The central space constitutes the fulcrum for a natural system of air circulation, functioning as a “mechanical void” where hot air from the offices collects and is expelled through ventilation grilles next to the skylights. Together with controlled opening of the façade this contributes to cooling in mid-season. The north and south façades are completely transparent. Protection from solar radiation is ensured throughout the building by a shading roof, which partly covers the south façade, ensuring appropriate radiation and shade for the different times of the year. Inside the building, further control of lighting is provided by Venetian blinds and by a light shelf which reflects natural light towards the ceiling for better distribution deep into the offices. Attention to visual and environmental quality is seen also outside the southern entrance, with an inclined green area which serves as a covered parking space and conceals the heating plant

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Italy [Italia]
Region
Marche
Province
Macerata
Town
Recanati
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Realisation
1997
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AWARDS
 
1999
Premio Eurosolar Italia
1999
Premio “Sistema d’Autore” Metra 99
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Sandro Favero, Francesca Simonelli, "Costruzioni in acciaio/Steel constructions", Materia 33, settembre-dicembre/september-december 2000 [Architettura in acciaio/Steel architecture], "Tecnica/Technical" p. 84 (80-93)
Domus 819, ottobre/october 1999 [Norma e forma/Norm and Form], "Rassegna/Product Survey, L'involucro edilizio/The building envelope" p. 132
Maurizio Vitta, "Utilità della tecnologia/iGuzzini Headquarters, Recanati", L'Arca 137, maggio/may 1999 [La trasparenza/Trasparency], pp. 32-39
Jacopo della Fontana, "Dove si progetta/iGuzzini Technical Office", L'Arca 117, luglio-agosto 1997 [La luce/Lighting], pp. 40-45
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CLIENT
 
 
iGuzzini illuminazione srl
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 2.600.000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 3.000
Floors
4 aboveground
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STAFF
 
Project
MCA - Mario Cucinella Architects
Design team
Mario Cucinella, Elizabeth Francis, Edoardo Badano, Simona Agabio, Nadia Perticone, Elisabetta Trezzani
Collaborators
Sabino Bizzocca, Dario Cottone
Architect of record
Studi A&F - Andrea Biti
Consultant
Lesa-PB, Politecnico di Losanna, (Natural-Light simulator)
 
 
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