Fuksas’ kaleidoscopic tower in Turin
Public Buildings, Offices, Skyscraper,
At 202 metres, it is one of the tallest towers in Italy and its construction reveals some noteworthy details. First of all, the glass and steel façade is built like a double skin, improving control over energy conservation. While the panels inside the dual volumes of the tower permit useful reflection of light at strategic points worthy of better illumination, they also ensure less solar radiation in other parts of the building, limiting the unpleasant greenhouse effect.
These design expedients achieve a convenient compromise between one perfectly smooth façade and another made up of original sunbreaks, achieving a highly characteristic result that Fuksas himself defines as kaleidoscopic.
From far away we can see the long inclined planes winding through the inside of the building, surprising architectural elements that add a unique touch to the building’s interior design, making the simplicity of the glass prism a precious container for the architectural symbols inside it . The entire structure is made of steel and concrete, while the foundations are composed of a base plate inevitably resting on a large number of cement pilings. The particularly transparent glass recalls that of the congress centre in Rome, also known as “The cloud”, so clear it reveals its lively contents.
At the top of the tower is a hanging garden: a theme that also appears inside the tower, at a number of points, interrupting the sensation of being inside a volume composed of purely repetitive vertical constructions.
Project: TOWER FOR NEW REGION OF PIEDMONT OFFICES, Turin, ITALY
Date: 2001 - in progress
Client: Regione Piemonte
Design: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Interior Design: Fuksas Design
Lighting consultant: Speirs & Major Associates
Installations: Ai ENGINEERING, Ai STUDIO, MANENS INTERTECNICA
Structures: Ai ENGINEERING, Ai STUDIO, STUDIO SARTI
Geotechnics: GEODATA S.p.A.
Environment and acoustics: Ai ENGINEERING, Ai STUDIO
URBAN REDEVELOPMENT AREA: 193,073 sqm (Regione Piemonte) 124,277 sqm (RFI)
LAND SURFACE: 317,350 sqm
PEDESTRIAN AREAS: 65,520 sqm
GREEN AREAS: 77,880 sqm
BUILT AREAS:Region of Piedmont building: 70,000 sqm Regional Council building: 25,000 sqm Residence: 48,268 sqm Eurotorino: 28,961 sqm ASPI (personal and business services)19,307 sqm Total: 191,537 sqm
PUBLIC PARKING AREA: 5,831 sqm (163 parking spots)
PRIVATE PARKING AREA: 38,975 sqm (761 private parking spots, 183 reserved parking spots)
PARKING AREAS: total 44,806 sqm (1,107 parking spots)