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Civil Protection Centre, Italy

With this infrastructure building for the Volunteer Fire Brigade, Ambulance and Mountain Rescue Services, Austrian architects AllesWirdGut have developed a copper-clad aesthetic that reflects its mountainous context, without overpowering its village location.

The new building forms a major landmark but maintains a low-key presence at the same time. It appears firmly rooted to the ground and surrounding landscape but still retains an air of lightness. Responding to its position at the entrance to the village tight up against the main road, the building also acknowledges the smaller scale buildings nearby by effectively representing a multiple of them.

The reduction in mass is achieved by utilising the topography and cutting into the sloping site. Daylighting the lower levels might seem a challenge in these circumstances but the design turns it into an opportunity with roof-lighting to the main circulation spine and spectacularly high ceilings. Light wells are also used for below-ground rooms cut into the slope, introducing intimate external spaces.

Apart from glazing, the entire volume is clad in copper externally,giving a natural, earthy hue and lively surface that harmonises with the surrounding old farmhouses and pine forests. The building becomes a timeless, organic, integral part of its environment.

Article about this building was published in 30/2011 issue of Copper Architecture Forum magazine.

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Building

Owner: 
ZIV Zivilschutz Zentrum
Completion date: 
2007
Country: 
Italy
Zip code: 
39038
City: 
Innichen
Street: 
Pflegplatz
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Flat roof
Roofs
Type of building: 
Health and social care
Copper used: 
Pre-oxidised
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
AllesWirdGut Architektur
Address & description: 
AllesWiedGut Architektur ZT GmbHJosefstädler Strasse 74/B1080 Wien, Austriaawg@alleswirdgut.cc

Copper contractors

Title: 
Copper Products: TECU®Oxid

Awards

Season: 
2011
Categories: 
Shortlisted

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