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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.

Oficina Vidre Negre in Piemonte, Italy by Damilano Studio Architects

April 1st, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Damilano Studio Architects

Oficina Vidre Negre was born as a contemporary sculpture, a symbol of a dynamic and continuous development with the need for strong identification, even in terms of image.

In a context of peripheral node of the motorway, the building is set within a park, planted with native species, in which a sort of town square accompanied to the entrance.

The dynamism of the client is shown in architecture, volume changing, a prism completely covered in black glass faceted and integrated photovoltaic panels.

The structure is split reflected in the wide expanse of water over the stage function, is the reserve of water for fire-fighting system and irrigation of the park.

Night View (Images Courtesy Andrea Martiradonna)

  • Architect: Damilano Studio Architects
  • Name of Project: Oficina Vidre Negre
  • Location: Cuneo, Piemonte, Italy
  • Client: PORTA ROSSA S.P.A.
  • Project type: Office Building
  • Photographer: Andrea Martiradonna
  • Software used: Autocad and 3ds Max

Night View (Images Courtesy Andrea Martiradonna)

  • Status of the project: Completed  □ On-going
  • Team project: DamilanostudioArchitects
  • Leader project: Arch. Duilio Damilano
  • Collaborators: Dott. Arch. Enrico Casetta : parametric modelling; Arch. Alberto Pascale : virtual modelling; Arch. Jessica Pignatta; Arch. Claudia Allinio; Arch. Manuela Taricco; Arch. Rodolfo Cerati; Dott. Arch. Emanuele Meinero
  • Surface area: 6960 sqm
  • Surface building: 1400 sqm
  • Start: 25 october 2010
  • Completion: 04 october 2011

Night View (Images Courtesy Andrea Martiradonna)

The decomposition of the volume remains in the interior, intersected a sequence of spaces on four staggered levels, illuminated by more than cuts and side windows.

In plan the building is on the east-west, in two wings separated by a central block of facilities (stairs, toilets and bars). Operating areas are designed as open-space, while the executive offices, the private sector, are tested in the east of the building, projected to the outside and suspended in a vacuum.

Night View (Images Courtesy Andrea Martiradonna)

The basement, with conference rooms and parking spaces are lit by large windows to which the green is sucked into chasms of ballast contained in rocks.

Inside solid oak flooring

Reception desk of Damilanostudio design architects.

In external floors and ceilings in oak cooked in an autoclave, vietnam black stone floors with large plates of extra-clear glass railings.

Night View (Images Courtesy Andrea Martiradonna)

The entire structure is of type point with beams and reinforced concrete pillars brick and cladding.

Building components and systems provide the Class A classification, according to the main guidelines outlined in the DCR 98-1247 as amended by D.G.R. 46-11968 of 04.08.2009 and the Regional Law No. 13 of May 28, 2007 as amended by DGR 45-11967 of 8.4.2009.

To ensure maximum energy savings is provided a heating system with centralized systems of distribution areas, a low temperature heating system with radiant floor system and roof, installing a water-water heat pump performance to meet as provided in Annex 4 of the DCR 98-1247 with C.O.P. (Coefficient of performance) ≥ 4, a primary air exchange system with heat recovery efficiency of recovery characterized by greater than 50%, as prescribed in the scheme of 2N DCR 98-1247.

Night View (Images Courtesy Andrea Martiradonna)

The heating and / or cooling of the various environments is assured of No. 4 HEAT PUMPS WATER-WATER type can provide a heating capacity of 39,300 watts each. for a potential total of 117,900 watts

The exterior doors are made of aluminium with thermal break the system EKONAL AVANTIS 75 in the configuration with high thermal insulation SHI Super Insulated

Night View (Images Courtesy Andrea Martiradonna)

The Insulating glass units are stratified Low Emissivity “Zeronove”

new concept, with thermal transmittance value Ug = 0.9 W / mqK

Composition windows:

4 +4 mm laminated outer pane low-emissivity

Cavity 16 mm warm edge insulated duct with Argon Gas

4 +4 mm laminated inner pane low-e *

Interior View (Images Courtesy Andrea Martiradonna)


Duilio Damilano, graduated at Polytechnic of Turin in 1988, founded his architectural firm in 1990. He was born in Cuneo from a family of sculptors and he was interested in architecture since he was a child developing interest in plastic and material aspects of objects.

The work of the practice, according to critic Brunetto De Battè, breaks immediately the connection with the masters of Piedmont area standing out and develops two lines of architectural composition that almost negate each other. On one side the clarity and purity of signs in stately homes and on the other side the sperimental forms of its commercial and industrial buildings. These are two opposite lines of research, sometimes strident each other, that seem not to destabilize the architect and who live and feed off each bringing out three interpretations of the works suggested by the architect Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi, one of the most important italian architecture critics: the symbolic, the sculptural and the emotional.

Major areas of interest of Damilanostudio architects are the design of residential, offices, commercial, and graphic both in Italy and abroad.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Andrea Martiradonna)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Andrea Martiradonna)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Andrea Martiradonna)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Andrea Martiradonna)

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