Prysmian Group: offices and greenhouses meet in Milan Prysmian Group: offices and greenhouses meet in Milan
Architecture

Prysmian Group: offices and greenhouses meet in Milan

Written by Redazione |

19 September 2017

A large, transparent and bright space, open to the outside. A special place to work, which still preserves the memory of its industrial past while embracing modernity through sustainability and smart working. This is the project of the Prysmian Group’s new headquarters in Milan, followed by the architectural firm of Maurizio Varratta and DEGW, a brand of Gruppo Lombardini22. 

The immense structure consists of four units separated by two bioclimatic greenhouses, i.e. glass-covered triple-height spaces characterised by green areas, which encourage interpersonal relations while vertically and horizontally connecting the different units where offices are located.

These triple-height greenhouses connecting the offices are the main feature of the Prysmian Group’s headquarters in Milan. Fully accessible green oases that provide considerable advantages, thanks to the use of natural light, the maintenance of a stable micro-climate and improved overall energy performance.

These greenhouses also significantly promote the quality of teamwork, through flexible and informal dynamics, in which professional relations can grow thanks to communication, collaboration and environmental well-being.

The greenhouses are covered by a pitched roof and closed with doors and windows made of aluminium. Pitches facing north favour natural lighting – but not heat – in the offices overlooking them. They are also provided with elements that can be opened to improve natural cooling during summer.

The pitches facing south, on the other hand, are characterised by the presence of adjustable solar shading blades, which are mechanically controlled to favour natural lighting while reducing direct solar radiation and heat.

Finally, the glass surfaces of both pitches are provided with motorised roller blinds at the intrados to shield and adjust brightness and glare.

As far as workspaces are concerned, DEGW’s professional advice for interior design, space planning and the choice of décor perfectly harmonises with the essential, minimal and technological architecture designed by the Varratta firm, starting from the choice of materials: glass, anodised aluminium, stainless steel, and methacrylate.

The deliberately sober style of the décor bursts into colours in the informal areas as well as in the greenhouses, where natural light enhances shades. What a wonderful chance to modernise the ways we conceive everyday work.

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