Italian architect Damilano Studio Architects has designed a factory for door manufacturer Iridium Doors located in Cuneo, Italy. The important administrative and creative work places are shaped by dynamic surface set inside a rigid prefabricated box, the interplay between dynamics and static is enhanced by a reflective pool next to the entrance plaza.
+ Project description below provided by architect, Damilano Studio Architects
RELATION OF IRIDIUM DOORS INDUSTRY:
Drops, seamless enveloping skins, surfaces in a state of metamorphosis between inside an outside, above and below, liquid and ambiguous. Or prisms, colliding parallalepiped structures, excavated and dematerialised into decostructed intersections.
A few years ago Terence Riley, the curator of the exhibition entitled “The Un- private House”, saw two lines of conflicting research on the modern- day architectural scene: “Moebius or Mies”? In other words, the blob (drop) or box?
May be, as long as form is the issue, they were never really alternatives. Both are representative of a historically determinate state, immersed in the same way in the aesthetic paradigm of our present- day electronic and immaterial society, and in their own way the both give it their own figurative interpretation.
In the case of the Iridium doors Industry, a layout of seamless, dynamic surfaces set inside a rigid prefabbricatted box (a classic image of industrial production) gives shape to the company offices, viz. a creative and administrative work place, where decisions are made and the business is run, which takes on the changing, interactive forms of the computer flows pulsanting, through it: “the heart and brains of the rear section where the manual, mechanical work takes place”, as it might be put metaphorically.
The project is then enhanced by reflections on the pool of water on the outside, and by anthropomorphic shells, fluctuating human figures, huge drawing pins on the inside. Figure and deformation blend in what looks like story about Snake Agent by Stefano Tamburrini, almost turning into a comic strip in a book with a running text.
Floor Plan courtesy Damilano Studio Architects
Elevation + Section courtesy Damilano Studio Architects
+ Project credits/data
PROJECT NAME: IRIDIUM DOORS INDUSTRY
CLIENT: IRIDIUM DOORS s.r.l.
ARCHITECT: arch. DUILIO DAMILANO (Damilano Studio Architects)
COLLABORATORS: arch. CLAUDIA ALLINIO, arch. ANDREA LOPAPA, arch. ANGONOVA MENARDI GIORGIA, geom. CORRADO TESIO
SCULPTURE: FREDIANO DAMILANO
LOCATION PROJECT: CUNEO, ITALY
SURFACE AREA: 11150MQ
SURFACE BUILDING: 3200MQ
SURFACE OFFICES: 290MQ
COMPLETION: DECEMBER 2003
PHOTO: ERNESTA CAVIOLA, GIANFRANCO BOTTA