Immergas has a new Center for Advanced Training called Domus Technica, which represents a meaningful effort for the company in pursuing its commitment to continuous adaptation and renewal, while providing extra spaces for research and communications sensing and imagining its own future. Leaders in designing, manufacturing and merchandising boilers, Immergas has extended its research and production field to new generation technology (related to renewable resources exploitation) like solar thermal, photovoltaic and heat pumps.
Perfectly in line with the company's broadmindedness and propension towards innovation and testing, the new structure contains teaching rooms and showrooms where technicians and professionals may be trained and updated on both implanting and installation technologies tied to core business productions as to those based on renewable resources.
So the building's outline is that of an “open laboratory”- a space in which one works and is received. It is shaped to create a flexible and sophisticated machine, perfectly capable of operating alternately with all the different technologies while analyzing the efficiency of the various systems and at the same time, hosting events such as educational and demonstrative ones.
The building stands in alignment and continuity with the front entry of the existing offices, yet it features as an isolated and prismatic block, clearly directed to interpret and define the company's specific functional program for the latest research and development center. Infact its strategic location overlooking the street, immediately identifies the new structure as the perfect interface between the company and the territory.
The rising part of the building leans on a “heavy base” that roots it to the ground, performing like a translucent compact volume inspired by the industrial vocation of the region. At the same time it tries to redeem this area's appearance by showing a refined and evocative image of “technical place”. This part of the building is a workspace capable of hosting a rich and experimental schedule.
Then, by night, an illuminating system – fully served by solar panels electricity – transforms the site into a luminaire. With this approach the building outstands as energy production and control structure.The edifice does infact produce all the energy for its own needs as well as contributing excess energy to the existing office building thanks to the operation of the technology on display .
Client: Immergas s.p.a.
Project partners: Structural Engineer: Studio Gasparini-Gualerzi-Teneggi; ing.Sara Trussardi
Services Engineer: Studio Termotecnici Associati; ing.Marco Manghi
Electrical Engineer: Tecnoprogetti di Mirandola p.i. Ferruccio