via Museo Giovio 8, 22100 Como
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Granulati Zandobbio Headquarters
OPEN COMPETITION 2017, ASSOCIATED WITH STEFANO MOOR Facing the demands for a representative building with a “square” outside, it seemed crucial investigating how such an urban theme could be aptly interpreted within a wide industrial area close to a busy highway. The intention is to encompass all the required internal and external spaces in a unique spatial sign; we believe that, due to the above-mentioned features of the site, the external area needs to be spatially contained but, meanwhile, this control has not to deprive the new building of the view on the surrounding workflows, its real lifeblood. A steel framework suspended on four concrete pillars defines the sequence of spaces and ensures perceptive unity: the “square” becomes the ideal extension of the internal hall; due to the suspended structure, these two spaces as a whole express a certain openness toward the surrounding and keep the potential to overflow in it.