LEED v3 BD+C (New Construction) Platinum
A sustainable and ambitious conversion - This huge structure consists of four main buildings separated by two bioclimatic glasshouses: triple-height glazed spaces featuring plenty of landscaped areas, interaction places and horizontal/vertical linking systems connecting the various buildings serving as offices.
The building’s original design dates back to 2001 and was aimed at holding onto its industrial past by maintaining and modernising the building shell, using the same building technology to recreate some new parts that were lacking and renovating the old structures by giving them a brand-new skin.
In 2001, the Prysmian Group, one of the world’s leading companies in the manufacture of cables for the energy, telecommunications and optic fibres industries, decided to present an extremely ambitious conversion project for the area, which involved reusing and renovating it to accommodate offices and laboratories. This meant the building complex would hold onto its manufacturing vocation, but it would inevitably have to be altered to adapt to new needs in terms of energy and environmental requirements. The entire complex’s image, main structures and initial layout were to be maintained while adapting them to changing practical needs and new environmental sustainability requirements, now of such fundamental importance.
Maurizio Varratta’s project involved dividing up the surface to be built on in a different way, freeing and hollowing out the building’s bays: this cleaning-up process and the incorporating of glass roofs allowed more effective use of sunlight. The new building does not take up any extra ground, conforms to the principles of “building on buildings”, uses part of the old foundations, and has no underground sections, so no new excavation work needed to be carried out. The materials it was built out of are partly recycled and all recyclable.
GBC Italia Award 2018
High efficient façade
Low-emitting materials and finishes
High efficient lighting
Environmentally friendly furniture
Smart design (passive design strategies)
Prysmian’s headquarters has been designed to achieve the highest level of sustainability. The development has been awarded the prestigious LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for its outstanding approach to environmentally-friendly design, waster conservation, energy efficiency and healthy indoor materials.
The new offices are not only efficient, but they also allow Prysmian to contain costs and approach its work in a more environmentally friendly manner, thereby protecting our planet while also contributing to making the company's business more sustainable.
The most distinctive feature of the Prysmian Group’s headquarters in Milan are the triple-height glasshouses connecting together the office blocks. These fully-functional green ‘havens’ offer notable advantages in terms of natural lighting, controlling the microclimate, and overall energy efficiency.
The glasshouses really help raise the standard of teamwork, introducing flexible and informal work dynamics that improve business relations through dialogue, cooperation and environmental well-being. A north facing sloping pitched roof structure, complete with aluminium fixtures holding wide glass windows, allows natural light to flow into the office blocks without bringing in any extra heat. The roof is fitted with operable shutters in order to naturally cool the office spaces in summer.
The roof pitches facing south have adjustable mechanically controlled shutters to provide natural lighting and, at the same
time, keep out some of the direct sunlight and any extra inflow of heat. Mechanically-controlled roller blinds designed to avoid glare are also fitted on the inner side of the pitched glazing.
Eighty-five percent of spaces permit the use of natural light, thanks to a lay-out featuring two large air-conditioned conservatories that link the three main wings of the building.
Artificial lighting is provided by variable-intensity LED illumination, automatically regulated by sensors based on natural light levels. These same sensors detect the presence of people and shut off lights in empty open spaces and vacant meeting rooms. All of this allows Prysmian to achieve an energy savings of more than 80% compared to the use of traditional bulbs and to use artificial lighting only when and where necessary.
Sorting is encouraged at the office to limit waste. The staff is encouraged to commute to the workplace by offering special annual season tickets for public transport services in order to reduce the use of private car and to give up their parking space at the facility. This initiative has been well received, confirming that a large number of people prefer more sustainable solutions for commuting.
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Maurizio Varratta Architects
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