Rome-based architecture practice Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners designed the Hanoi / Vietnam: Medlac Pharma office, Italian pharmaceutical company specialized in dermatological products and trans-dermic plasters, has started its construction works for its new offices and plants, designed by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners and situated in the Hoa Lac Hi-TechPark near the Vietnamese capital Hanoi
Roman architecture firm Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners designed the new branch of Medlac Pharma – Italian pharmaceutical company specialized in dermatological products and trans-dermal plasters – set in the recently developed industrial area Hoa Lac Hi-TechPark, 50 kilometres from Hanoi, Vietnam, and now under construction.
The industrial complex is characterised by horizontal volumes and strong visual lightness. Built on a 15,000 square metre land surface it includes an office building and a production plant for a total amount of approximately 3,400 square metres of built surface.
Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners have even prepared the new Medlac building, whose construction will be completed by the end of 2010, for a possible future extension by addition of a second complex with a mirror-inverted layout.
The new Medlac branch in Vietnam designed by the architects Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners consists in two blocks. The smaller one develops on two levels and houses the administrative offices. The larger one holds the production plants.
The office building with rectangular plan is characterised by an entirely transparent outside skin made of structural U-profile glass walls.
Numerous portions of the glass walls, of different width and positioned in a random pattern, can be opened. Adjustable sunshades made with white lacquered wood panels, lending the building a light mood and visual movement, screen these windows.
An imposing whole-height niche that frames and defines the entrance to the office building dominates the longer side of the facade. The front of the niche is clad in large glass panes, while the side walls are plastered in orange, a bright colour that is used all over the complex confer a fresh look to the new Medlac facilities.
The whole-height entrance hall features reception, courtesy lounge and main staircase with metal frame and glass parapets.
The ground floor is divided into two areas. The management area includes a dedicated secretariat and two large executive offices with connected bathrooms. The second area features a large corridor leading to the conference hall, a second secretariat, administrative offices and other service and bathrooms. The remaining area on the floor plan of the building includes even part of the staff canteen.
The upper floor is characterised by the same division between management and administrative area. It also offers the possibility to temporarily create two large conference halls by uniting one small meeting room and one office for each.
The Medlac production area is set on the back of the office building and is connected to it by means of a low, orange volume hosting the larger part of the staff canteen.
The production plant is made of lacquered sandwich panels. The opaque structure features openings towards the square covered by two large cantilevered roofs with a bright orange ceiling. Even the façade round the entrance to the technical area, not aligned with the facade of the buildings but slightly dislocated in order to create a sort of yard, is orange.
The complex is set in a green area conceived by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners the architecture firm. This green, natural frame with lawns and trees, including the accesses and the car park, creates a friendly atmosphere and welcomes at best employees, clients and guests.
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Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners architecture practice was founded in 2002 by Massimo Alvisi and Junko Kirimoto after important experiences achieved through the collaboration with international studios like the ones of Renzo Piano, Massimiliano Fuksas and Oscar Niemeyer.
In 2008, the practice has been transformed into a studio for architectural engineering joined by Alessandra Spiezia and Arabella Rocca.
With a staff of twelve professionals, Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners offers architectural project development and engineering, feasibility study and project management for their own works and for renowned architects like Rem Koolhas and Renzo Piano.
Numerous are Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners’ projects concerning the construction and restoration of concert halls, theatres, industrial complexes and office buildings. The studio has also developed important projects of shop and restaurant design, residential interiors and architecture and concepts for museum and exhibition installations.
Competitions and awards:
- winner of the “Meno è più di 4” competition: kindergarten, civic centre and public library in Rome
- winner of the international competition for the restoration of the municipal theatre of Corato (Bari, Italy), under construction
- awarded for the international competition “Piccole Stazioni Ferroviarie” (small railway stations)
- awarded for the project of the rowing canal, developed for the candidacy of Madrid as Olympic Games site 2016
- awarded for the competition upon invitation of Giustiniano Imperatore area in Roma