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Italy | Bergamo | Italcementi Research Centre

This project reflects the “DNA” of the company: tradition, innovation and sustainability. The building celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Bergamo company with innovative construction techniques, materials, daylight and an apparent simplicity that challenges the traditional types of laboratory and office. Italcementi’s “iLab” Research and Innovation Centre, designed by American architect Richard Meier, Pritzker Prize winner in 1984, is located inside the Kilometro Rosso Science and Technology Park and occupies 23 thousand square metres.

Building’s details

The V-shaped building reinforces the boundaries of the triangular site and incorporates a programme of technical and administrative spaces in two wings surrounding a central courtyard. For this project, Italcementi has developed an innovative mix of high-strength reinforced concrete that reduces pollution: this new material is used for the outer skin facing the motorway, the north screen, the mullioned window system of the curtain wall and the prefabricated wall and roof elements of the entire building.

Articulated on two floors above ground and three underground levels, made of white cement, characterised by a system of windows creating a contrasting effect between the solidity of the cement and the lightness of the glass, it has a structure with two wings side by side on a central courtyard. The first wing, parallel to the motorway, houses laboratories and offices, while the second houses a large conference hall and reception areas.

The lighting design

The lighting design by architect Piero Castiglioni paid particular attention to energy consumption and low maintenance costs, determining the choice of the lamps used: high efficiency, long-lasting sources with adequate technical and photometric quality characteristics of the light radiation emitted, according to the visual requirements of the different uses of the rooms. The positioning and installation methods have made it possible to create solutions integrated with the architectural elements, consistent with the compositional rhythm of the spaces and coordinated with the system requirements.

The project was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the highest international standard of energy and environmental certification. Other projects that have obtained the GOLD LEED certification, to which Piero Castiglioni has collaborated as lighting designer, are the Muse by Renzo Piano and the Garibaldi – Porta Nuova Complex.


Project:
Lighting Design Piero Castiglioni

Collaborations:
Richard Meier Architects

Photo Courtesy:
Piero Castiglioni

Year:
2012


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Detail of the lighting system used
View of the ceiling glass windows with lighting
Outdoor spaces with architectural lighting
A night view of the illuminated building
View of the rooms and the exhibition path
Deputies with the lighting used
View of the complex with night lighting
The stage of the Teatro Comunale of Florence
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One of the rooms with the works on display and the lighting fixtures
Overall view of the Banca Lombarda building in Brescia
Overall view of the central courtyard of the service center
Detail of the illuminated facade of the Dior building
Front view of the Lingotto building in Turin
Front view of the main entrance facade
View from the outside of the building and the facades
Front view of the staircase of Santa Maria del Monte
Overall view of the concert hall
The illuminated hall of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum
Exterior view of the museum building
View of the museum from the water
Front view of the Il Sole 24 Ore Seat building
The lighting fixtures installed on the ceiling
Viktor & Rolf Showroom inside the showroom
Overall view of a room with ceiling lights
Another central view of the illuminated hall of Palazzo Marino
The historic center of Siena illuminated
The lighting of the Salone delle Feste at the Quirinale
The illuminated waiting canopies
Entrance to the exhibition set up of Gianni Versace
Front view of the windows of the picture gallery
Il Porto Antico di Genova in una vista notturna
Detail of the lighting of the internal courtyard
Night view of the outline of the city of Mantua
Illuminated night view of the entrance courtyard
Night view of Malba - Costantini Foundation illuminated
Overall view of the Hall
Central view of the illuminated Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
The night lighting of the Sanctuary
Night view of Porta Nuova Garibaldi Repubblica complex
St. Petersburg Spasa na Krovi outdoor lighting - master
Venice Grassi Palace outdoor night view- master
Museo d'Orsay Paris frontal view - master
Detail of the lighting system used
View of the ceiling glass windows with lighting
Outdoor spaces with architectural lighting
A night view of the illuminated building
View of the rooms and the exhibition path
Deputies with the lighting used
View of the complex with night lighting
The stage of the Teatro Comunale of Florence
The works of art inside the illuminated Papal Stables
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci with the lighting used
Full view of the illuminated theater
Full view of the Cultural Center building
One of the rooms with the works on display and the lighting fixtures
Overall view of the Banca Lombarda building in Brescia
Overall view of the central courtyard of the service center
Detail of the illuminated facade of the Dior building
Front view of the Lingotto building in Turin
Front view of the main entrance facade
View from the outside of the building and the facades
Front view of the staircase of Santa Maria del Monte
Overall view of the concert hall
The illuminated hall of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum
Exterior view of the museum building
View of the museum from the water
Front view of the Il Sole 24 Ore Seat building
The lighting fixtures installed on the ceiling
Viktor & Rolf Showroom inside the showroom
Overall view of a room with ceiling lights
Another central view of the illuminated hall of Palazzo Marino
The historic center of Siena illuminated
The lighting of the Salone delle Feste at the Quirinale
The illuminated waiting canopies
Entrance to the exhibition set up of Gianni Versace
Front view of the windows of the picture gallery
Il Porto Antico di Genova in una vista notturna
Detail of the lighting of the internal courtyard
Night view of the outline of the city of Mantua
Illuminated night view of the entrance courtyard
Night view of Malba - Costantini Foundation illuminated
Overall view of the Hall
Central view of the illuminated Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
The night lighting of the Sanctuary
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