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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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U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington D.C. by Moshe Safdie

U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington D.C. by Moshe Safdie | sustainable architecture |

Designed by Moshe Safdie, this new landmark provides the first permanent home for the peace institute, created by the U.S. Congress in 1984 as an independent, nonpartisan center for nonviolent conflict management.

The atria and extensive glazing of this LEED Gold-certified building help transmit daylight throughout the workspace, as well as providing views of the city and its monuments.

Other sustainable features at the USIP building include high-efficiency condensing boilers, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, and paints and other finishes low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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