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Landmark Reincarnate: Palazzo Campari in Milan

Landmark Reincarnate: Palazzo Campari in Milan | sustainable architecture |

Considered ahead of its time even in the 1960s, when it was first built, the Palazzo Campari building, (now La Serenissima) located in the historic centre of Milan is today a refurbished modern wrap.

New owners commissioned firm Park Associati to refurbish the landmark on the corner of via Turati and via Cavalieri in the historic centre of Milan, with careful attention to the preservation of its character. They also wanted to turn an inefficient building into an efficient one and provide a modern make-over. 

Other distinct features like reclaiming space on the ground floor opened up the areas, while pulling back elevations made it possible to eliminate cold bridging.

This, along with other energy-conserving measures got the building a Gold LEED certification. Useful floor area was relocated, allowing new spaces to be built and given away for tertiary use. Meanwhile, the landscaped courtyard, which forms the heart of the complex, has been reinterpreted in a contemporary setting...

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Stunning, sustainable design at an Italian hydroelectric plant...

Stunning, sustainable design at an Italian hydroelectric plant... | sustainable architecture |

In the South Tyrol province of Italy, Monovolume Architecture has completed a hydro-electric power plant that is elegantly buried into the hills.

Functional, contextual, and designed with the environment in mind, it 'converts natural forces into useful energy while maintaining an artfully low profile in the alpine environment. A rather simple solution was found for a space full of loud, bulky machinery while visually making an inconsequential impact of the site. A free-flowing concrete structure peels out of the hills, opening a fissure in the hillside supporting a green roof that camouflages the otherwise industrial building. Thin wood planks of varying sizes are revealed in this split in the ground plane to form a lamellar wall, where the warm light from the interior glows in the pitch-dark surroundings.'

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