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Gorgeous Geometric Facade Crowns Solar-Powered Office in Italy

Posted By Lori Zimmer On July 21, 2011 @ 6:56 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Green Building,Green renovation | No Comments

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Modo Studio, photovoltaic panel, office complex, Italy, Poured concrete, modular office [1]

Many different departments are housed within the office – in includes space for marketing, administration, design, retail and a showroom [2]. Because the needs of businesses change over time, Modo made the glass partitions separating each department removable. The glass partitions also allow natural lighting [3] to flood the different departments. The interior color scheme is rendered in neutrals and whites to further enhance the natural lighting.

The main building [4] has a foundation and shell of plain poured concrete. In order to customize the building and identify its look with the company’s branding, Modo Studio poured concrete [5] in four different-sized rhomboidal pieces, which were alternated and rotated to create the geometric exterior on the building’s second storey. The garage-style doors on the ground floor were replaced by a series of wrap-around windows, creating the illusion that the geometric floor hovers above the ground.

The glass curtain allows sunlight to fill the first floor, while also protecting against overheating. In addition to giving the industrial office building [6] a modern new look, Modo Studio also installed photovoltaic panels [7] on the roof, which produce 550 kilowatts of power. The result is an eco-friendly rehab building, which breaks the mold of the other simple concrete offices in the area.

+ Modo Studio [8]

Via Architizer [9]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/mundane-office-building-gets-facelift-with-geometric-panels-and-photovoltaic-roof/modostudio-logistic-center7/

[2] showroom: http://inhabitat.com/dwell-on-design-brings-the-best-in-green-design-to-los-angeles-this-weekend/

[3] natural lighting: http://inhabitat.com/london-olympic-games-information-pavilion-concept-utilizes-recycled-materials/

[4] main building: http://inhabitat.com/kfw-headquarters-aims-to-be-the-most-energy-efficient-office-tower-in-europe/

[5] concrete: http://inhabitat.com/stunning-swiss-house-is-buried-under-the-earth/

[6] office building: http://inhabitat.com/riba-award-winning-dental-practice-rises-from-the-lush-british-countryside/

[7] photovoltaic panels: http://inhabitat.com/incredible-solar-powered-shape-shifting-bridge-also-purifies-the-air/

[8] + Modo Studio: http://www.modostudio.eu

[9] Architizer: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/projects/view/office-building-and-logistic-center/26888/

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