Gazometri Camuzzi


The spaces are lightened, made clear of elements that could "add" to the architecture of the building. Recessed luminaires are selected both on the ceiling and on the wall, ensuring great visual comfort, enhancing the construction materials, without altering their colours. The key words are: durability, transparency and technology




Milan – Italy


Eng. Ugo Pierini

For its new headquarters, Camuzzi Gazometri wanted to confirm the image of the city as a production centre, a reality that Milan does not want to deny itself. Originally the industrial complex located on an important route such as Via Ripamonti was closed in on itself, with a single large entrance on Via Lorenzini, as if the surrounding area had no relationship with the complex itself. The area was sparsely built up and the railway was the strongest element to deal with: the surrounding productive fabric did not have its own character. The recovery of an abandoned area is therefore seen as confirmation of its productive character but also as an opportunity to introduce new ways of observing reality.
Duration, transparency and technology represent the guidelines of the entire architectural project. The lighting project has made these principles its own and has made the choice to favor the architecture and its volumes by using almost exclusively recessed luminaires both on the ceiling and on the wall so as not to burden the spaces with further presences which thus remain free of elements that should to add and overlap with the building. The light sources chosen offer good color rendering, highlight the construction materials, do not alter the colours, guarantee maximum visual comfort. The distribution of the luminaires ensures homogeneous lighting values, zone by zone, in consideration of the functions and tasks carried out there and in compliance with current legislation. ( FLARE nr. 17/18, 1998, pg. 68-79 )