monovolume architecture + design has designed a dynamic, seductive ribbon-like form that folds and rests along an existing sloping site accommodating three levels of different use: Offices, showroom and housing. The façade is set back at an angle in order to provide a backdrop to the proudly displayed photovoltaic panels. A fine example of how technology can be integrated into the design without compromising it in the least.
Giacomuzzi building by monovolume. Photography by Simon Constantini
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‘Giacomuzzi Ltd in Kaltern is a modern plumbing firm specialized in sustainable and ecologic technologies. The new headquarters building reflects the future-oriented core-business through the architectural appearance and sustainability. The building grows up from street level to second floor like a bent ribbon. In between it shelters three storeys very open to the surroundings due to its ample insulated glass façades. The technical solutions such as photovoltaic and solar panels are integrated seamlessly into the ribbon. The installations aren’t hidden but proudly exhibited. The company housing in the uppermost floor is extremely extraverted and represents a model of modern and ecological life, and the ground floor harbours the open space offices, protected from direct insolation by the elegantly protruding ribbon. In between there is a whole floor dedicated to exposition and show room. The concrete masses are used to regulate the building’s microclimate.’
ARCHITECT: monovolume architecture + design, Bozen, Italy. CLIENT: Giacomuzzi Ltd. LOCATION: Gewerbegebiet Gand 12, 39100 Kaltern, Italy. STATUS: completed . PROJECT TEAM: Simon Constantini, Thomas, Barbara Waldboth. STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: Baucon Bozen (Ing. Neulichedl Simon). AREA: 1300 sqm. DATE: 2010. No part of this web site may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of Morfae and the copyright owner.