Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Azienda Elettrica Ticinese Headquarters in Monte Carasso, Switzerland by Dario Franchini
June 25th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: DF
AZIENDA ELETTRICA TICINESE – NEW HEADQUARTERS COMPETITION – 2nd PRIZE
The competition had the goal to create a new representative building for AET, architecturally avant-garde and sustainable, analyzing the future need of the urban area. The project foresaw in two phases: the first with a 3 floors administrative building of 2’000 sqm and a second with a tower of 15’000 cubic meter.
For the past 30 years on plot there were made several constructions, in this competition we see the unique opportunity to give an united image of the administrative quarter. The project foresee two buildings: The first with its three floors completes the alignment of the existing buildings, and fits with the surrounding context . The second will be the future tower, related to the regional scale (Highway, river, valley).
The shape of the building was made using ecological and sustainable criteria:
From the jury report:
“The urban solution proposed it’s considered by the jury very persuasive. The idea it’s strong and brave: the south area it’s conceived with a quality united system, leaving to the north area a huge free space for the future development. The project suggested to give to the city of Monte Carasso an unitary administrative area, which culminates with a tower, that takes a strong urban connotation.
The two new buildings are integrated as terminal of the existing complex, creating a huge courtyard. The administrative building of the first phase made by wood and with his L shape fits very well in the existing context and with the surrounding. The architectural solution is considered very convincing and stimulating for the future development of the area”
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