Homes head offices are established on the outskirts of an industrial area at the foot of the Pieve di Soligo hills, which are about fifty kilometres from Venice. The architectural estate withholds the executive, sales, technical and administrative offices of the five companies in the furniture field. The client asked for a functional building that could express a strong group identity.
The project is characterized by two non perpendicular intersected parallelepiped in order to express better space dialectics. The plan allocation bears in mind Feng-shui (living in harmony with the environment) and uses the water element faculty to balance the forces. In fact, the visitor is accompanied by a veil of water that runs right up to the entrance of the showroom which is positioned 6 meters below ground level. The main sides of the building are east and west facing exploiting the natural cycle of the sun. The main entrance is south facing, as it is a catalyst of positive energy.
It is a building that uses the best technology in heat insulation, soundproofing and work quality environment. The longitudinal building is defined by a continuous façade of low emission glass windows. An aluminium texture, overlapping the façade composed of extruded elements that by interconnecting suggest a meaning of one identity, is the characterizing element. On the one side the texture develops higher than the building, as to symbolize that the strength of the group goes over the physical boundaries.
The cross sectional building, three floors above ground level, overlaps the longitudinal structure that descends on the one side six meters under ground level, and offers the continuity of the façade by means of the curtain wall transparency that lines it. The double skin curtain wall façade, in extra-light glass is of the semi active type, allowing high energy saving and is regulated by air extractors and curtains that offer excellent living wellbeing. In the entrance, full height, there are two panoramic lifts and a steel and glass staircase characterized by finely shaped sides. The walls and the roof are covered in top acustic, with a particular prestressed wood texture, the same as the floor. The lighting project was developed with Philips, that collaborated technically to highlight the singularity of the architecture and supplies the work environment with scrupulous quality. Much attention was in fact given to combining natural light with artificial light. The artificial light inside the building adjusts automatically, operating on time of day and on weather conditions throughout the day, through intensity and increase or decrease of Kelvin degrees.
WEST FRONT VIEW
EVENING VIEW OF NORTH-WEST FRONT