ARCHITECTURE: Point Taken

Sharpness and sustainability by Richard Meier & Partners for one of the biggest cement and concrete producers globally, Italcementi I.Lab.

Text: Mary Giatra

 

Richard Meier is a multi-awarded American architect, famous for his use of total white and simple forms. His cooperation with the Italian cement company led to a high-tech concrete structure, that demonstrates the range of qualities the material can offer. More specifically, this kind of concrete won’t weather and will keep its’ quality as it is self cleaning and therefore will always stay white.

 

Specially designed to support the company’s research and innovation, the building has a V-shaped layout, following the triangular site. The technical and administrative wings are on each site of the triangle, forming a central outdoor space for the employees. Who wouldn’t wanna work there, I am wondering.

With the use of photovoltaic panels, solar panels and geothermal wells, the building addresses eco-issues as well and water efficiency, energy and sustainability played an important role during the design process since day one. Plus, the roof itself was treated as a fifth facade and a system of highlights manages to bring natural light into the offices leading to even less energy consumption.

 

In a time when the environment should be taken good care of, it is really important for the designers to pay attention to it. With Richard Meier’s designs proving that you can achieve both good architecture and sustainability, it seems that there are no more excuses. So let’s start being a little bit more eco-sensitive, the results will definitely amaze us.

 

photos: wallpaper magazine