IGUZZINI: MADE IN MILAN WITH THE PRYSMIAN GROUP

The Prysmian Group are being lauded for their state-of-the-art headquarters in Milan – and it was an Italian job from iGuzzini that helped the new building become a leading light.

It’s been very much a team effort to get the premises of the world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry up and running.

The Prysmian Group announced in late 2013 its plans to build the £30million ultra eco-sustainable building and construction has followed suit.

High energy-efficient solutions, bioclimatic greenhouses and natural light were common themes and iGuzzini kept the realisation of those visions close to home.

Located in the Bicocca area of the city, the shape of the complex deliberately resembles the typical Lombardy mill-like shape that pays homage to tradition.

But architect Maurizio Varratta’s brief was to design in compliance with innovation and focus on energy efficiency and sustainability.

That is by no means easy when covering a surface area of 22,000m that will house 700 people over three blocks containing offices, services and other facilities.

The lighting systems had to impress as well being up to scratch and the long-established iGuzzini, enlisted by the Prysmian Group, were the obvious choice.

Since 1959, iGuzzini have been committed to social innovation through lighting and they’ve put their stamp on many things that make the Prysmian Group’s hub of operations so great.

The glass-clad foyer between that connects the office block and conference hall – which welcomes and directs visitors – uses their recessed Laser Blade devices.

They were especially redesigned to fit onto the metal structures that run the length of the foyer and spring into action when needed, fading into the background the rest of the time.

The lighting system for the conference room has options to dim and use coloured light through Laser Blade’s high contrast devices.

A monochrome version allows the operator to subtly drop general lighting with a more dynamic colour change (RGB-DMX) for scenic lighting.

For the latter, effects can be projected outwards by recessed Linealuce RGB luminaries along the glass side of the hall, which join up to a number of the building’s outer walls.

The ‘greenhouses’ are designed to be meeting areas as well to connect the various blocks, but they don’t just run on natural power.

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The homogeneous and diffused artificial lighting in the structures is created by Front Light spotlights, which uses a pendant system perfected by the architect.

In the greenery beside the greenhouses – a welcome change of scenery for the office workers – there’s more clever work in place.

The input of iRoll luminaires on lower, 4m poles ensures that faces can be seen clearly, an important feature of a place that’s function is for people to relax and socialise.

A number of computer screens in the office area require controlled luminance, which is effectively called upon where necessary.

Recessed Reflex luminaires, with a 2000 Lumen rating, guarantee soft, diffused lighting that can be integrated by a ‘task light’ with specific functions.

The Laser Blade high contrast luminaire is again called into play when the transit areas are illuminated using twin compartment versions.

On the stairs that lead to the executive zone, the same product enhance the character of the wood used as they are installed under the stair tread surfaces.

Special laboratory tests simulated real installation conditions beforehand to ensure that the LED heat dissipation would work accordingly.

The hall zone uses a system that best showcases the work of iGuzzini, who entirely designed and produced its products and functions.

It consists of 158 ribbed glass spheres, which each contain a 1W LED, that are suspended at different heights from a track attached to the existing ceiling structure.

The output is a series of softly lit, geometrical shapes that create a highly distinctive effect in a key area of the building.

Even the outdoor areas contain iGuzzini influence. Along the walkways, iWay luminaries with a low luminous flux comply with light pollution regulations in the Lombardy region.

The car park is illuminated using Delphi luminaires, mounted on 7m poles controlled by DALI protocol which defines the luminous flux as required.

The critics of anything to do with the building have been extremely low in numbers, a credit to both the Prysmian Group and iGuzzini. And it’s all made in Milan.

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Check out www.iguzzini.com to see what they can do for you. Their English offices can be contacted by calling 01483 468 000 or email info@iguzzini.co.uk.

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