Extensive retrofit and refurbishment of two 1960s buildings to create a coherent and sustainable office campus using a palette of high-quality, crafted, and natural materials that work with the existing structures.
One Works was recently commissioned by Quinta Capital SGR, on behalf of the Alternative Real Estate Investment Fund managed “Ambiente e Innovazione”, to provide an integrated strategy of redevelopment and redesign of the existing office buildings located at the commencement of Via Cristoforo Colombo in Rome. This strategic location places the campus alongside a vital tertiary-directional road, bridging the historic heart of Rome with the bustling EUR district, and marks a significant step forward in the area’s ongoing development and revitalization.
Designed to achieve LEED v4 certification, the redesign will place respect for the natural environment and the human dimension at the center by: creating a single office campus by providing greater connectivity and circulation between the two buildings (11 and 9 storeys); creating a new welcoming lobby for employees and guests (710 sqm); improving the building’s facades with a more contemporary feel (13,300 sqm); creating new social spaces on the roof and at ground level; as well as improving the surrounding landscaping (3,600 sqm) to strengthen links with adjacent sites and infrastructure.
A palette of carefully considered, textural, and natural materials were selected to compliment the local area and reflect the core values of the future tenant. This includes the use of vertical planting solutions and a custom iridescent ceramic cladding system designed with a 3D geometry and semi-reflective surface that improves the buildings performance during certain times of the year.
Given the client’s mandate for a sustainable future, we approached the project with a deep retrofit of the existing structure, as opposed to demolition and reconstruction. This sustainable approach was a key factor in the choice of materials with low environmental impact, exploring the energy requalification of the building envelopes, as well as the integration of new green spaces and green elements to the building facade that worked with the changing seasons.
Much time was spent improving the design of the building’s envelope, rather than just relying on MEP solutions, to help optimize performance and improve user comfort throughout the offices. This was achieved through a series of extensive studies relating to climatic factors, energy modeling and evaluating indoor daylight to create the most efficient combination of shading, characteristics of envelope materials, and planting solutions throughout.
At ground level, new high-quality cycling facilities, including changing rooms and bicycle storage, will be introduced to encourage employees and future tenants to take more sustainable transport options when commuting to the office.