44. ZEGNA TEXTILE FACTORY

Mendrisio

Topic

Expansion of a textile factory.

 

Programme

Flexibility of use, in order to favour changes in the production.

 

Project choices

Transforming the connecting joint between the existing building and the new development, in the site where the distributions and services (people, goods, plants) are gathered together; such site includes lifts, technical compartments, services, changing rooms. As a consequence, the production spaces can be organised in three different floors, in a single large homogeneous building. Its design is primarily characterised by the fast rhythm of the facades, both on the inside (wooden) and on the outside (prefabricated reinforced concrete). The architectural joint is marked by the presence of large bright pedestrian ramps developed on various levels. Such ramps are not only the site for distribution, but also provide a place for socialisation. The headers represent the only exception, as they develop in relation to the surrounding elements, seeking a different relationship with the context. The south side houses a roof garden that contributes to the definition of a new artificial landscape, mediating the view over the adjacent industrial area.