Milan’s striking wooden UniCredit building is powered by the sun

May 12, 2017 by  
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You wouldn’t expect it, but this radical solar-powered building in Milan is actually owned by a bank. aMDL Michele De Lucchi Studio designed the LEED-certified UniCredit building to house the bank’s general meetings, but also to enrich public life with multipurpose community spaces. Its open structure of curved laminated wood ribs gives it a sense of accessibility and protection. The pavilion has no foundations–it was constructed on a reinforced concrete podium above a parking facility. Inspired by the shape of a seed, the design of the building combines lamellar larch beams with glass. The open structure accentuates accessibility, strengthened by two large wings equipped with monitors for events open to the general public. Related: Floating timber pavilion transforms a Swiss lake into an exciting new public square A 700-seat, multipurpose auditorium situated on the ground floor adapts to different configurations and events, while the overhead walkways that runs along the outer edge of the building can function as a temporary exhibition space . The first floor houses a nursery for 50 toddlers, while the top level features a lounge used for corporate events. Thanks to its strong focus on environmental sustainability and environmental sustainability, the LEED Gold-certified project has won first prize at this year’s WT SmartCity Award competition. + aMDL Michele De Lucchi Studio Via WT SmartCity Award Photos by Tom Vack

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Innovative ‘The Walk’ workplace keeps you and your creativity moving at Milan Design Week 2015

April 17, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Innovative ‘The Walk’ workplace keeps you and your creativity moving at Milan Design Week 2015 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: future office , Michele De Lucchi , milan 2015 , Milan Design Week , Milan Design Week 2015 , milan expo , Milan Furniture Fair , office concepts , Salone del Mobile 2015 , Salone Ufficio , The Walk , The Walk by Michele de Lucchi

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Reuse Craft: Make These Upcycled Coasters

June 12, 2013 by  
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Gina Michele,  author of Rock Mosaic, garnered the most votes in May’s Transform a Phone Book Reuse Design Challenge. Her fun and funky coasters take your old white pages to the next level, and you can make these in a snap. In Michele’s …

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Reclaimed Chinese Banners Turned into Reusable Totes

June 13, 2012 by  
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As China emerges as a global industry giant and its population expands, so comes a huge amount of advertising. When Michele Santoro and Gyda Bjorg moved to China just under a year ago, they noticed that the country’s businesses come and go quickly,…

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