This project regards the offices of the new Italian site of Kronospan, leader company at worldwide level in the manufacturing of chipboard, MDF and OSB panels, and derived materials, located in San Vito al Tagliamento ( PN). The architectural project of the building the special mention at Architecture Prize Archés - Il Sole 24 Ore. The building for offices developes on two floors and is composed by two factory parts covered with stone material and joined by a central block at double height that links the areas dedicated to offices, showroom, conference rooms and technical premises. The building has been realized using vanguard building technologies to be finished very shortly and to guarantee the maximum energy saving, thermal and light comfort: the building is classified in “Class A`. The net volumes of the offices respect the original layout, the central part is completely in glass, the two side bodies are covered with stone material. The facades develop from the careful analysis of the purpose of rooms and their orientations: wide glass windows to the south light up the board rooms; the openings to the north present reduced dimensions, to avoid thermal dispersions of the services locals. In the right volume in respect of the hall have been organized the operative offices and the great meeting room, while in the left volume there are the showroom and the meeting areas. The working rooms have been divided and organized the partition wall manufactured is characterized by a structure extremely light in aluminium and by great glass windows that come closer in a hardly invisible way, drawing transparent surfaces, developed full-height, also as regards swing doors. The central part of the glass windows has been printed with serigraphy to guarantee a higher privacy level inside every office, but assuring a high level of natural lighting; the separation among the offices has been emphasized and enriched in a functional way from the use of cabinets in dark oak, fitted in the wall and accessible from both sides. The extreme versatility structure has allowed also to obtain different joint corners, following the irregular form of the building. The extreme formal cleanliness, white colour and the top in glazed glass convey to visitors the feeling to enter a dynamic and concrete company, with a strong personality. The exhibitors in the showroom have been realized to hold and give the best possible visibility to the panels manufactured by Kronospan. The project of interiors and the set up, well combined with the architectural characteristics of the building, allowed to obtain a working place extremely functional, pleasant, stimulating and strongly representative of the company corporate image.


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