Frigerio Design Group designed the headquarters for the Italian brand Zamasport. The project conveys a concept of wellbeing combining ethics and respect for the environment. Take a look at the complete story after the jump.
From the architects: The new headquarters of Zamasport – a brand among the pioneers of Italian prêt à porter – promotes a new relationship between technology, humans and environment. Evocative and sustainable, Frigerio Design Group’s architecture conveys a concept of wellbeing combining ethics and respect for the environment. Intended to house production and executive areas – offices, creative ateliers, test rooms and a part of production – the new building acts as a hinge between pre-existing buildings.
Covering an area of 3,700 square meters, the architecture becomes loaded with symbolic and functional meaning. The external envelope evocates a fabric and that combination of technique and creativity characterising Zamasport’s work, a brand that has collaborated with important names in fashion such as Walter Albini, “father” of prêt à porter, and Gianni Versace. Spaces, pathways and environments are designed to contribute to a higher quality in the working life of employees, whose wellbeing is pursued in every aspect of the design. The use of natural lighting, the presence of greenery, acoustic comfort and the definition of internal microclimates contribute to shaping not only functional but also enjoyable and welcoming spaces, in the name of total quality.
The same awareness and care for the wellbeing of people is reflected in the attention paid to environmental sustainability. A responsible use of materials and resources accompany the entire design process of the building: from the selection of raw materials to the definition of volumes, up to the building’s energy management and its maintenance over time.
In order to reduce energy consumption and optimise internal sensory comfort, Italian studio Frigerio Design Group worked extensively on maximising passive performance and reducing the active. Zamasport headquarters is NZEB (Near Zero Energy Building): a highly energy-efficient building using renewable resources for over half its energy needs.
The Zamasport project expresses the concept of “Slow Architecture”, which is for architect Enrico Frigerio an actual manifesto. “Slow Architecture is an architecture that draws resources for its definition from the context. However, the notion of context must be understood, in a broad sense, as history, society, environment and climate. The term ‘Slow’ does not mean to do things slowly but rather with “accuracy” As Enrico Frigerio states “In doing things, a different process must be started, where the aspects taken into account can no longer be merely the economic ones.
The architectural project: envelope and facades
The building is situated in the centre of the industrial complex and acts as a hinge between pre-existent buildings – connected to them through transparent pathways – and its shapes are inspired by fabric, the raw material used by the company. Curves and sinuosity, pleats and folds give birth to vibrant and smooth surfaces, thanks to the natural and industrial materials, enriched by details and techniques that ennoble and qualify their image. Natural lighting is enhanced everywhere and greenery becomes an integral part of the project, in a relationship of visual continuity between garden and architecture that strengthens the human / nature bond.
The architecture is prefabricated in reinforced concrete and enhances natural lighting through large openings – such as the glass façade and the microshed covering in the fabric warehouse. The building’s volume is closed on three sides by structures made of prefabricated concrete panels – with thermal break and ventilated – with a finishing of self-cleaning photocatalytic concrete coloured in mass. The surface is obtained by a formwork reproducing the vertical draping of a fabric and gives a touch of visible softness to the hardness of concrete.
On the contrary, the main façade is completely glazed: here a shading in vertical curvilinear strips, which seem to be moving, intensify the feeling of lightness given by the transparencies, by recalling strips of fabric hanging from above.
The interior project: pathways and functions
The layout of the different areas is conceived to provide the highest functionality and optimisation of the coexistence between the different functions, both the operational and the representative. Offices, workshops and meeting rooms are in the front of the building, while the warehouse is in the back. Production is located on the ground floor, the first floor, which overlooks the two internal suspended gardens, is dedicated to representative areas.
Work environment safety, use of natural lighting in every space, hierarchy of pathways in order to respect the different work needs: these are the three key-tasks to base the design and management of spaces for the Zamasport Headquarters. Natural light, together with acoustics and microclimate, plays a role of primary importance, by designing airy and bright work environments, to ensure the highest comfort for workers.
Energy efficiency and environmental sustainability
In order to reduce energy consumption and optimise sensory comfort, Frigerio Design Group realised an integrated design of the “building/system” organism, by maximising of passive performance and reducing the active. The Zamasport building is type NZEB (Near Zero Energy Building) since it uses renewable energy sources for heating, cooling, ventilation, production of sanitary hot water and lighting amounting to over half the overall energy needs.
High efficiency and colour rendering LED devices were chosen for lighting. Offices are equipped with an internal illuminance sensor, making it possible to exploit natural light without wasting energy, while tunable white lighting of tests rooms adjust light colour according to the colour of clothes, emphasising and enhancing how they are perceived.
Customer ZAMASPORT S.p.A.
Projects 2017– 2020
Area lot 9,000 m2; buildings 3,700 m2 (warehouse 780 m2, production 1,570 m2 and
offices 1,350 m2)
Frigerio Design Group General Coordination, Architectural Project – concept, final
project, authorisations, executive project and supervision
Collaborators E. Frigerio with D. Bona (Project Manager)
Final and Executive Project F. Valido, M. Sola, S. Cambiaggio, V. Villa, M. Verdona,
Structures – Project and Supervision Studio Tecnico Ing. Silverio Tettamanti
Installations – Project and Supervision Energy Engineering s.r.l
Forman Geom. Massimo Zugnino
Geology and Geotechnical Engineering Geol. Giorgio Grassi
Acoustics – Project Arch. Elena Bocca
General Contractor Notarimpresa SPA
Building Envelope Gualini SPA
Internal Glazed Walls Techno
Facade Sunscreens Krion by Porcelanosa
Office Furniture Unifor
Office Furniture Rimadesio
Value of Work €6 million
Photographs Mario Frusca
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