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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

iGuzzini Illuminazione España Headquarters in Barcelona, Spain by MiAS ARCHITECTS

 
July 3rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Josep Miàs – MiAS ARCHITECTS

Project description: Il Cielo iGuzzini does not belong to the ground on which it sits. Like a balloon, Leonidov’s aerostat, it will attempt to escape from this world, seeking a new sky.  It will describe the conditions of the light, natural and artificial, in its interior, it will refer to its origins, recognizing a geometric order, but above all it will want to speak to us of aspirations.

Moored to the ground, it belongs to this place, and to all other places.

Bird Eye View (Images Courtesy Adrià Goula)

  • Architect: Josep Miàs – MiAS ARCHITECTS
  • Project name: iGuzzini Illuminazione España Headquarters
  • Location: Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
  • Type: office building and showroom
  • Technical Architect: Carles Bou
  • Photographer: Adrià Goula

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Adrià Goula)

  • Project leader: Silvia Brandi
  • Project team: Pablo Varesi, Adriana Porta, Fausto Raposo, Hélène Barbot, Andrés Dejanon, Mario Blanco, Horacio Arias, Anna Mañosa, Janine Woitoshek, Stefania Carboni, Margherita Corbetta, Mannick Eigenheer, Isabelle Glenz, Diogo Henriques, Silvia Lai, Pier Francesco Lisci, Roberta Luna, Francisca Marzotto, Ines Reis, Diego Romero, Emanuela Scano, María Tapias.
  • Completion date: under construction
  • Client: Private
  • Size: 9.000 m2
  • Budget: <15M €

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Adrià Goula)

In reality there are forms that can only be drawn once, buildings that can only be built once.  The second time is a replica. The architects believe in this opportunity for iGuzzini. Because this form, imperfect, slightly deformed, belongs to the world of iGuzzini; its identification is easy, and not everyone can, with authority, appropriate this profile, this geometry.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Adrià Goula)

A light, a big world, a big atrium around a shared central court… where the sense of belonging is proudly made explicit. Il Cielo iGuzzini does not seek to boast of explicit technological innovation, since that would soon date it as new technologies rapidly superseded its own content. But it does seek to be an example of current development towards well understood sustainability in both technological and energy terms.

Model (Images Courtesy Adrià Goula)

The proposal seeks to exemplify, in architecture, the conditions closest to humankind, of collectivity, of ambition, of excellence… and to survive the passage of time because its origin is in the formal search that expresses such conditions.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Adrià Goula)

Il Cielo iGuzzini is located by one of the roadway hubs of Barcelona, in a fragile condition of stability on the site where it sits. Without modifying the topography, a large underground space is previously delimited, regular in form, providing for storage, parking, showroom, auditorium, technical services. Its roof is proposed as an exterior technical floor such that it works like an outdoor showroom.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Adrià Goula)

Atop this underground container emerges the company building, spherical in form though slightly deformed on the south side. A large central void, occupied by the single column from which the entire building is suspended, permits greater light and energy control inside. The spaces within the sphere are offices and, on the upper floors, research facilities.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Adrià Goula)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Adrià Goula)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Adrià Goula)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Adrià Goula)

Model (Images Courtesy Adrià Goula)

Model (Images Courtesy Adrià Goula)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Adrià Goula)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Adrià Goula)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Adrià Goula)

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