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Consorzio Cooperative Costruzioni Headquarters

Open Project

Europa | Bologna

The new Bologna headquarters of Consorzio Cooperative Costruzioni lies parallel to the main road, via Emilia, in an outlying industrial district. The main building, a 10-storey parallelepiped designed by bolognese firm Open Project, is set back from the busy thoroughfare and separated from it by three low, square constructions that serve as buffers to the outside world and accommodate the entrance and other multi-purpose spaces. The entrance and porter’s lodge, however, are marked out by a glazed, triple-height parallelepiped volume. “Water walls” between these low, one-storey fore-buildings reflect the surrounding architecture, enhancing the effect of overall transparency.
The east-west orientation of the main building prompted the use of differentiated façades. The north elevation, facing the entrance, is a structural glass Schüco curtain wall that reveals interior spatial and...

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