The plot is surrounded mainly by industrial buildings and truck yards but also there’s a small forest of trees which we decided to maintain and use as a physical antechamber to the new building but above all as a psychological generator of the project. In such a hostile environment we wanted office work to be a purifying refuge from surroundings.
The new building splits the existing green area into three parts by extending the inner walls to the outside. These create exterior enclosures that act as buffers between office and industrial work, generating the feeling that beyond the building everything is green, forgetting the environment around us. This is enhanced by the use of a non-typical industrial facade material such as brick.
The western façade is adjacent to the truck yard and therefore houses the service areas and has hardly any gaps. The other three façades host offices and an apartment and have large windows to capture light and metal louvers that control the solar incidence avoiding it in summer and capturing it in winter. A smaller part of the program is distributed on the second floor to occupy less of the existing green area. In this way, a volume of offices emerges, abstracted from the hostile environment thanks to the setback of the entire perimeter.
On the ground floor, there are two "thermal buffer" spaces with double-glazed facades which thanks to solar control of the louvers are heated in winter and cooled in summer. Through them, the clean outdoor air is preclimatized before entering the interior for less energy consumption.
They become somehow heat recovery ventilation machines with the particularity that they are also spaces that can also be used and enjoyed by users as greenhouses or terraces in which to rest, eat, chat, etc...