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Antonio Lupi Headquarters concrete building


AUTHORS: Zoppi, Fruzzetti, Francesconi
PLACE: Stabbia, Firenze, Italy
YEAR: 2018
STATUS: Unbuilt
INSTAGRAM [1]: @ez_arch
INSTAGRAM [2]: @valeria_fruzzetti
INSTAGRAM [3]: @caterinafrancesconi


The desire to establish a relationship with the few but clear elements that characterize the landscape is the base of the compositional logic of this concrete building. Proceeding with the definition of the intervention, the intention was to bring the dialogue to the human scale, favouring the meeting between people through the interaction between the spaces.

The concrete building emerges in all its attractive strength towards the road front, showing itself as a monolith of concrete, dug in some places to accentuate its sculptural character. An element, an inhabited wall that stands out above all, is configured as a real landmark in the territory, able to attract on itself the gaze of anyone who passes by the main road, which is a few meters away.

This front is the desire to constitute an evident and recognizable sign and represents the face of the company, of which it anticipates some peculiarities such as the excavated material, the relationship with water and the essentiality of forms.

Proceeding to the east, the absence of positive elements able to stimulate the quality of the intervention, led to the creation of a broad green belt. This is the closing element compared to the adjacent industrial buildings together with the wall that conceals the showroom. The introspective intention of the project is also evident through the opening of all the rooms on a large central courtyard, a suture element that also constitutes a visual cone towards the natural landscape to the north.

A constant reference both for the flow system and for the courts was the monastic system, a self-sufficient system capable of establishing continuous relations between interior spaces and cloisters. The courts inside the concrete building are the result of the two different layers, the purely functional north-south of the industry and that of the showroom, which becomes a trace and memory of the pre-existing industrial pavilion. The glazed loggia between the exhibition area and the administrative area interrupts the continuity of the central cone. Together with the winter garden, this element constitutes the connecting plug to close the annular path that connects all the spaces inside the concrete building.


Elia Zoppi, Valeria Fruzzetti and Caterina Francesconi are three architecture students at the University of Florence attending the last academic year.


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