The Bicocca district in Milan is home of urban landmarks with hundreds of years of history, which today helps to determine the identity of the refurbished district, changing the use and perception of it for the better.
An example of a successful refurbishment project in the district is the headquarters of Prysmian Group, a world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry. The building, designed using the very latest technologies in architectural innovation and paying great attention to energy efficiency and sustainability, will provide a 22,000 m² space and will be able to accommodate 700 people.
The new Prysmian Group headquarters, which is pursuing LEED Platinum, will be built in the Bicocca district and even its shape, similar to a typical Lombard factory, will recall the industrial roots of this area. The complex will consist of four wings, used for offices and services, connected by two large "greenhouses", with full-height glazed areas intended for internal mobility. The "greenhouses" will be real oases of greenery, and thanks to the presence of plenty of vegetation and water tanks will make a significant contribution towards improving energy efficiency and the internal microclimate. Another feature of the building will be the extensive use of natural light thanks to extensive glazing.
With these targets, combined with that of energy efficiency, the HVAC designer planned the air conditioning system of the new HQ. It is based on 2 FOCS2-W/CA-E units supplied by Climaveneta. The "CA-E" version is characterized by efficiency beyond the "Class A" for Eurovent. The technological choices adopted assure the minimization of operating costs and therefore a quick payback time.
Sara Di Clemente
sara.diclemente (@) climaveneta.it