Confined site dictates angular design of headquarters for AB Medica in Milan
The project for the headquarters of AB Medica, an Italian pharmaceutical company, in Milan has been developed and designed by architect Giuseppe Tortato. An appealing combination that reveals a landmark building with functional and symbolic aspects requested by the client and the will of demarcation and qualification of a suburban context flanked by the highway Milano-Varese.
A significant building was needed to represent the values of excellence and innovation, typical of the group’s philosophy, specialised in the development and distribution of sophisticated medical robots and DNA analysis. The project is highly contemporary and aligned with the most advanced trends in energy saving (Class A) and psycho-physical well-being standards required by an efficient workplace.
The dimensions of speed and dynamics of the nearby highway are translated into an architecture that finds inspiration in the sophisticated and technologically advanced world of super-fast boats. The particular shape of the lot and various highway constraints lead the design to a triangular shape similar to a boat hull that slips between artificial hills that are functional to thermal and acoustic insulation of the whole area.
The volume carved at the base by large inclined elements in concrete, which integrate the functions of insulation and energy saving, is freed on the first floor becoming an aerial and bright architectural element, defined by a plate fixed to the prefabricated building below.
In this part of the building, free and totally made of glass, open offices are distributed where the structural elements are limited around triangular patios and along the irregular perimeter. The roof is rotated according to the solar orientation in relation with the shape required of the ground floor and is provided with solar shading. The triangular openings of the patios guarantee the comfort of natural light diffused to the entire the operational plan.