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GEZA Architettura designs Furla Headquarters with cascaded green roof in Chianti hills
Italy Architecture News - Apr 11, 2022 - 09:52 1170 views
Italian architecture practice GEZA Architettura has designed the new headquarters of the Furla FC Immobiliare spa company in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, in the province of Florence, immersed in the Chianti area, Italy.
Named Furla Headquarters "Progetto Italia", the 18,300-square-metre building features an elongated roof that runs throughout the building and incorporates cascaded green terraces where employees can walk, relax and look at the hills of the area. Terraces and green roofs cover a total of 1,200 square meters.
With the new headquarters, the firm combines an industrial architecture and workspace with nature, where working environment, sustainability and landscape are harmoniously conceived.
The project is located in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, in the province of Florence, immersed in the Chianti area of Italy.
The project is derived from a paramount theme: the integration of the industrial architecture into the Italian landscape, providing an opportunity to rethink the quality of the workspace.
The architects merge architecture and nature perfectly and these two components are blended along all directions to create a unique element where the design and the Chianti landscape - defined by hills, heritage, and agricultural areas - communicate harmoniously.
The Furla factory covers an area of 42,000 square meters of soil and has three main volumes. One volume is used for offices, while two volumes are designed for labs and logistics.
The trio of volumes is designed to be harmoniously integrated into the surrounding landscape, without too much contrast. Architecture and nature coexist in a functional balance.
The architects is inspired by the morphology of the site and the morphology is truly taken into consideration and is enhanced through three fundamental elements: the driveway, the terraces, and Piazza Furla – which define clear areas around the building volumes.
Thanks to a system of patios and green roofs overlooking the wooded area, nature crosses the boundaries between inside and outside.
The main entrance recalls the archetype of Tuscan villa access: a linear row of cypresses welcoming visitors and showing the way through. This rhythm is replicated on the facade of the buildings with sunscreen filtering blades.
The entrance to the offices, with the double-height reception and the large open-air hall, becomes the point where the boundaries between architecture and landscape merge.
The interiors have been designed in such a way as to have real layout flexibility. The orderly sequence of offices is punctuated by green patios, or relationship spaces.
Nature is a prominent element, not just because of its beauty (Chianti hills), but also because it creates a pleasant environment once blended into the building: patios, green coverings, and natural light contribute to a more sustainable working habitat, where people can also relax and enjoy contact with nature.
Finally, sustainability plays a key role in this project, which has been designed to comply with green energy best practices.
First underground floor plan
Ground floor plan
First, Second, Third and Roof plans
Client: Furla FC Immobiliare spa
Location: Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Firenze
Design phase: 2017-2018
Area of intervention: 42.000 mq
Building Area: 11.000 mq
Total Built Area: 18.300 mq
Offices: 2.800 mq
Terraces and green roofs: 1.200 mq
Freight area and outdoor parking: 7.700 mq
Green Area: 23.000 mq
Architecture Design and Creative Direction
GEZA Architettura (Udine)
Arch. Stefano Gri e Arch. Piero Zucchi
Arch. Alessia Dorigo (project leader)
Arch. Marjana Dedaj (project leader)
Arch. Stefania Anzil
Arch. Elisa Mansutti
Arch. Beatrice Pellos
Arch. Francesco Tessaro
Arch. Giulia Marcon
Arch. Roberto Pasquali
Arch. Clemens Kusch - CFK Architetti (coordination)
Structural Design and Supervision of Works
Biagini Studio di Ingegneria (Arezzo)
Ing. Piero Bracciali
Ing. Alessandro Fei
Arch. Francesco Misuri
Ing. Matteo Ciofini
Ing. Adrian Burca
Ing. Alessandro Blanc
Geom. Paolo Renzoni
Arch. Pietro Pagliardini (test)
LAND Italia (Milano)
Andreas Kipar (project leader)
Valerio Bozzoli (senior agronomist)
Arch. Luisa Bellini (senior architect)
Arch. Andrea Occhetti (senior architect)
Arch. Cecilia Ricci
Arch. Francesca Villa
Arch. Laura Mantegazza
Landscape Arch. Gianna Galgani
Consilium Servizi d’Ingegneria (Firenze)
Ing. Paolo Pietro Bresci (mechanical structure project management)
p.i. Marco Cellini (electrical and special structure project management)
All images © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura
All drawings © GEZA Architettura
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