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.
Citadel of Construction in Perugia, Italy by HOFLAB & HOFPRO
August 9th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: HOFLAB & HOFPRO
The headquarters of the unified building institutions of the province of Perugia (Centro Edile per la Sicurezza e la Formazione and Cassa Edile) acts as a connecting element within its very heterogeneous semi-peripheral urban context, both typologically and figuratively. This is characterized by a combination of the macroscopic scale, represented by warehouses and shopping structures, and the microscopic one, represented by detached dwellings.
The project aims to make a good example, basing its identity on motives of environmental sustainability. All the principles inspiring it, different from one another but all aimed at the same objective, center on this concept. The primary principle aims to recover “green” by recreating a natural micro-habitat within a highly artificial area. The second principle aims to gain land with a building raised above the ground allowing room for a green slope. The third principle aims to guarantee a comfortable and healthy indoor climate by featuring a system of courtyards which, vaunting an optimal exposure and a varied outlook, assures a high environmental quality.
The fourth principle aims to save energy by promoting a conscientious use of resources which is principally dealt with through the typological characters and the spatial conformation, and secondarily through the technical components: the metal sunscreen, the small scale wind turbines, the solar thermal and photovoltaic systems. All act in different but complementary ways, allowing a rational consumption of energy.
The purposes and goals inspiring the project express a desire to overcome rampant urbanization in its own right; together with the high bioclimatic performance of the building, they advocate an auspicious reconciliation between architecture and environment.
In terms of distribution, the building, which is compact when seen from the outside and complex within, is organized in six floors, connected by two blocks of vertical communication. The basement houses parking lots and technical areas, the semi-basement is reserved for training activities, while the ground floor, covered by a sloping lawn, is left free with the exception of the vertical connection units, which also contain the main entrance. The first floor houses spaces dedicated to educational activities, the reading room and the conference hall, a café, archives and storage, the second floor offices and meeting rooms. The roof features a didactic technological roof garden.
The intentionally exemplary character of the building is confirmed by a system of literary quotations on the art of building, taken from the repertoire of the best Italian treatises (Marco Vitruvio Pollione, Leon Battista Alberti, Andrea Palladio, Francesco Milizia etc.), which appear here and there in the interior, in the form of graphic wall decorations.