Luxottica Headquarters Extension
- Italy, Milan
- Closed competition
A new bright environment, with a magnificent view of the garden of Palazzo Litta; workspaces that can be organized in different way according to the needs
of a modern company; comfort environmental and climatic obtained with ecology-conscious strategies; a efficient distribution, capable of clearly orient employees and visitors; an architectural character capable of express the innovative spirit of Luxottica and at the same time to harmonize with the existing buildings: to these and other objectives the proposal responds by a solution
synthetic and integrated. The great environmental quality of the garden of Palazzo Litta guides the choices geometric and distributive of our proposal. The new volume conforms to the existing shapes, taking them up again positions, alignments and heights. It configure the third side of the garden, overlooking all the new ones workplaces; the rounded profile the angles and the inclination of the short sides who watch the trees turn three sides of the building in a large green viewpoint.
A connecting space connects the atrium of the existing building with the new body lift block. The perimeter window goes from ceiling to floor; the lower portion is satin up to the height of the table tops, in so as to allow the view on the garden even when seated. On the top floor, a setback allows to respect the existing eave shares and create a attic floor surrounded by a planted terrace.
On the concave side towards the existing building, the external balconies have the function of brise-soleil of the southwestern summer sun.
On the east side, the thin texture of pilasters and arched metal string courses accentuates its “belvedere” character.
Their finish in shades of oxidized bronze resounds their design with that of tree branches, transforming the building in a capable “inhabited screen” to fuse together the global image of Luxottica, the delicate historical context of Palazzo Litta and the natural dimension of the Napoleonic garden.