The Bergamo based architect Marco Acerbis has been known for his designs for companies such as Alias, Desalto and Fontana Arte. With this multifunctional building for the Portogruaro Council and Portogruaro Campus (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice) he recently unveiled his newest architectural project. The Polo per l’Innovazione Strategica is certified CasaClima Class A+, it is made of eco sustainable materials and uses only renewable energy fonts like FV solar panels and geothermal power.
“The fir laminated arches spanning 33 meters and covering the whole volume welcome the visitor with dynamic strength right from the street pavement and take him inside through ever changing spaces and ceiling heights. The main South exposure to the sun mitigates winter weather conditions while in summer the sun radiations are captured by photovoltaic louvers that act both as solar shades and as solar panels to produce energy. The ventilated facades are covered by black Gres tiles that protect from the elements and allow for natural cooling of the inner core of the walls keeping them in good conditions. Inside the building a number of offices are located together with a spacious conference hall for 150 people. Everything is clearly articulated so that no space is wasted. The conference hall has been studied thoroughly to enhance acoustic properties and in particular the ceiling is made of a number of silver anodised aluminium honey comb panels with of 2mm holes to capture the sound. While the number of panels required for acoustic reasons was rather great a special arrangement was carried out so that the ceiling feels light and almost transparent and the room is naturally top lit. POLINS is a building designed to inspire and lead the way to more sustainable architecture within one of the largest industrial estates in Italy.”