This energetically autonomous research and communications centre located in the northern Italian town of Brescello has been completed earlier last year (in 2010) by the young architectural practice Iotti + Pavarani. Called Domus Technica Immergas – Centre for Advanced Training, the facility is owned by the boiler manufacturer Immergas and ‘represents a meaningful effort for the company in pursuing its commitment to continuous adaptation and renewal, while providing extra spaces for research and communications sensing and imagining its own future.’
In June 2011, architects Paolo Iotti and Marco Pavarani, the founders of the practice, have been awarded the first prize in the prestigious ‘Renzo Piano Foundation Award for architects under 40’ for this translucent, 900-square-meters two-storey building.
About the project:
‘The building stands in alignment and continuity with the front entry of the existing offices, yet it features as an isolated and prismatic block, clearly directed to interpret and define the company’s specific functional program for the latest research and development center. Infact its strategic location overlooking the street, immediately identifies the new structure as the perfect interface between the company and the territory.’
‘The rising part of the building leans on a “heavy base” that roots it to the ground, performing like a translucent compact volume inspired by the industrial vocation of the region. At the same time it tries to redeem this area’s appearance by showing a refined and evocative image of “technical place”. This part of the building is a workspace capable of hosting a rich and experimental schedule.
‘Then, by night, an illuminating system – fully served by solar panels electricity – transforms the site into a luminaire. With this approach the building outstands as energy production and control structure.The edifice does infact produce all the energy for its own needs as well as contributing excess energy to the existing office building thanks to the operation of the technology on display.’