The Lodi Tower Facing terraced mirrors of water, this new office tower finds its origins in the intention to create work premises of a high qualitative standard. The well-being of the users has been the driving element of the principal planning activities, whereas the criterion of sustainability has inspired the design of both the internal and external surfaces using a solar protective shield. The Lodi Tower is a natural involucre which comprises ventilation and energy production systems. The design idea The Lodi Tower represents a volumetric aggregation, intrinsically linked to sustainability and capable of capturing the attention of the city dwellers, given its intensive symbolic representation. The project envisages the re-adaptation of the spaces for a new utilisation as offices. Such re-adaptation is achieved through the repositioning
of erected volumes and the construction, at the base of the tower, of a terraced platform for public use, containing mirrors of water and green areas. From a compositional point of view the project is represented by a huge transparent involucre, of a mineral shape, containing the spaces dedicated to intellectual functions. It is sheathed in an external metallic shielding structure, designed in accordance with the protective requirements dictated by the various situations of exposure to the sun. The sustainability of the project idea is driven by a combined strategy of energy conservation and attention to the well-being of the users. In particular passive solutions have been adopted, such as, high thermal heat insulation, natural ventilation activated by a solar chimney, utilisation of renewable energy, solar protection, diffusion of green areas in
side and outside the building. The new spaces will be made available through the reutilisation of a property previously belonging to the Province of Lodi. From a functional point of view, the project envisages the utilisation of the building for office purposes and such premises will be created by widening the surfaces along the perimeters of the floors as well as the enhancement of the vertical access to the building with the restructuring of the staircase and the introduction of two new lifts. The access functions to the tower provide mobility to the building by means of two new entrances: the first entrance, for the employees, is located at the ground floor and is directly connected to the parking places and the public transport services; the second entrance, for visitors, is located on the first floor and faces the fountains and the lawn areas which constitute the terraced platform. The architecture of the complex generates a distinguishable system as a result of a fluid and translucent volume, covered by a surrounding solar protective shield calibrated in accordance with the various exposure situations. A natural involucre characterised by its vibrating profiles: “brainwaves” intended to represent the essence of intellectual activity. MVarchitects Marco Visconti was born in Turin in 1957, a master's degree in architectural composition at UCLA in Los Angeles, he graduated in engineering from the Politecnico di Torino and in architecture at the University of Genoa. He collaborated with Renzo Piano from 1984 to 1986, from 1987 to 2006 works in Turin as the group's director of architecture Fiatengineering. Founded in January 2007 in Turin MVarchitects office, that deals with sustainability in architecture for tertiary, industry, education and culture, in a bioclimatic passive key. Its work is motivated by the best relationship between needs of man and respect for nature, in a logic of use and understanding of the surrounding environment. He also worked as visiting professor at the Faculty of Architecture at the Politecnico di Torino and he lectures at numerous Italian and foreign universities. He is author of publications and thematic books and his projects are documented by the most important international architectural reviews.