The skyscraper designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop for Intesa Sanpaolo brings the bank’s head offices together in one place and provides new spaces for the community. The building stands in a strategic location for the city of Turin on the outskirts of the city’s historic centre, near Porta Susa railway station, next to Nicola Grossa park, which has been redeveloped and transformed into a neighbourhood recreational centre.
The offices occupy 27 floors in the building, while the underground part contains the company’s service areas (parking, canteen, crèche). The public spaces include a multi-purpose hall with 364 seats, a flexible space with variable acoustics which can also be used for shows and concerts, at the base of the tower; a restaurant with a garden, an exhibition hall and a panoramic terrace located in the bioclimatic greenhouse with natural ventilation occupying the three top levels.
Built according to criteria of sustainability to limit consumption and make the most of natural energy sources, the building has doubled-glazed glass walls to the east and west which limit temperature excursion thanks to a system of motor-driven sunshades operated by a system of temperature probes connected to the BMS (Building Management System). The south wall has photovoltaic panels and a vertical garden to filter and modulate natural light.
The building’s glass, lacquered aluminium and opalescent glass cladding allows the skyscraper’s colour to change at different times of day and according to the weather conditions, like the snowy mountains around the city of Turin.
Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Location: Turin, Italy
Photos: Enrico Cano
Images courtesy of RPBW