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Autodesk's New Milan Offices Achieve LEED Gold With Lots of Italian Flair
Revamping an existing condominium complex, Goring & Straja crafted a new 850 sq m (9,150 sq ft) office space for Autodesk in Milan. Their first goal was to make the new space as sustainable as possible. They achieved this by incorporating large windows on one side of the office that flood the space with natural light. The project also takes advantage of energy-efficient lighting, occupancy sensors, low-VOC finishes and furniture, and low-flow plumping fixtures. The team reused many of the building’s existing elements like the wood floors, the ceiling and the wall-mounted radiant panels. In addition, over 40% of the materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the project, over 25% of the materials are made from recycled content and over 80% of the construction waste was recycled.
Staying true to the project’s Italian roots, Autodesk wanted the office to be a showcase for local design. The team sourced Italian lighting fixtures and furniture to decorate the interior. They also paid homage to Italian masonry and fine craftsmanship by adding Venetian plaster in various places throughout the office. Wall graphics display projects and drawings created by famous Italian designers using Autodesk software.
Images ©Luc Boegly
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