Park Associati has won the 1st Award for the project Engie Headquarters at Global Architecture & Design Awards (GADA 2018) hosted by Rethinking The Future with the idea of acknowledging the works of professionals and students of architecture. GADA is an all exclusive design competition, analysing and comparing the conceptual and built works of professionals. The competition received a total of 748 Registrations from across the globe. Rethinking The Future Awards have gained a Big name among the Architecture Awards Internationally with Winners from renowned Studios like BIG & DIALOG Architects, HOK, Perkins Eastman, UNStudio, Aecom, Gensler, Henning Larsen, LMN Architects, DLR Group, AHR, Page, RTKL, EYP Inc, LAN Architecture, WOW Architects and many more.
Original Article: Rethinking The Future
About the project:
The project proposes a complete renovation of a poor architectural quality building from the beginning of the ‘80s, outdated in terms of energy and distribution. The refurbishment converts the building into a contemporary property suited to the developing surrounding area, which has recently acquired strategic importance because of the opening of the new underground station. A relevant focus of the project has been the improvement of the building’s energy performance, that made it possible to achieve the LEED Platinum certification.
The building was taken apart, the composition of the various volumes re-proportioned and re-adjusted, new, accessible terraces were created on the 6th floor, in order to achieve a much lighter and articulated configuration and to make the building more livable by its inhabitants. By adjusting the volumes of the two ground-floor reception areas, the heart of the building’s connections has shifted to the urban fabric towards the underground station and the main boulevard.
The flexibility of interior office spaces as well as the façade system was reconsidered, with a view to adapting them to the current energy-saving and soundproofing requirements. It has been given due prominence to the green area, which is currently also visible from the street.
A new porter’s lodge has been positioned right at the front of the property, consisting of a complex system of transparent glass and press-bent sheet metal seamlessly merging with the fence of the building’s property. Still within the perimeters of the site, an overhanging roof offers protection to the building’s guests.
The ceiling-to-floor design of the new insulated double-glazing façade makes the most of the transparent casing and allows for a full visual connection between the workplace and the external environment. A compositional layer outlined by horizontal and vertical anodised aluminium intradoses, designed in such way as to fragment the building’s size, has been super-imposed onto the design of the various glass modules.
Yhe rigorous and timeless lines of the new volumes, bring the façade design to a synthesis where architectural elements enhance the inconstant changes of natural light.