Running Green Interior Design
Tuesday 12 Mar 2013
GaS Architects built on Autodesk’s brief to run a LEED Gold project. Sustainability was an important part of the design’s general approach: an LEED green building program gives points for a variety of different aspects. These include; energy efficiency, the type of material, the source of materials, their recyclability, their insulation and also the quality of the working spaces, the quality of light, the conscious use of water.
One of mandatories of the Autodesk brief has been to mix global spirit and local flair. The challenge of the concept was to communicate successful meeting between an international style and Italian way of life. The project has focused on some Italian excellences such as industrial design.
Another important factor regarding the project materials: Italy is not a country rich in raw materials; it is not famous for its steel or wood industries. However, the concept of Italian masonry is very well-known as is Italian fine craftsmanship so it was decided by GaS Architects to design a straight line - a great wall that links two floors - totally covered with handmade Venetian plaster.
Some workbenches were made in cement. This suggested the idea of including the ancient tools for technical drawing, as valuable evidence of the design history. Ancient tools were combined with technological elements such as the choice of plants to view or sliding glass doors. This match between industrial materials and handmade materials has created a visual richness very charming, a real new language which then marked all the elements of the project, such as the phone booth, allowing workers to talk on the phone with privacy and avoid interference with colleagues.