An ultra-modern structure featuring highly refined steel and technical systems, and maximized green areas. The stainless-steel look created a design reference to the steel used in Rolex watches.
The building is neatly “split open” at the angle where the two streets meet, creating a light-filled, three-storey entrance atrium.
The structural design - with supporting columns passing down between the two-layered glass facades - ensures that the floors on the servicing and conference levels were column-free, making it easy to reconfigure the workspaces if necessary.
Facades are conceived as a moving machine, in order to enhance perfect control of the daylight; louvres and screens are the key features on its facades.
The vertical metal louvres are motorized and automatically change angle as the sun passes across the street-facing elevations; and there are 1,000 stainless steel perforated screens, 1 mm thick, positioned between the double-glazing.
The building has perfect control of the light, and privacy - so the people working inside can see out, but they can’t be seen from the street.
Photo credits: Studio Albini Associati