Fendi Factory Bagno a Ripoli, Florence Building, studio Piuarch Tuscan Design, Italian workplace

Fendi Factory Bagno a Ripoli Building, Florence

22 + 17 December 2022

Fendi Factory Bagno a Ripoli, Florence
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Fendi Factory Bagno a Ripoli Building Design

Design: studio Piuarch

Fendi Factory Bagno a Ripoli Building News

A raised garden conceived to mend a long-standing rift in the terrain and recreate the hillside of the site in which it is located. This is what the new Fendi Factory in Bagno a Ripoli (FI), designed by studio Piuarch, looks like. A complex of about 14,000 square metres rising in the Tuscan countryside, conceived around a high standard of landscaping and advanced energy efficiency, an architectural landmark having significant aesthetic and environmental value.

Fendi Factory Bagno a Ripoli

Starting from an innovative approach, the firm designed a building that stretches horizontally over a single level to create a free form driven by the needs of the production process. The practicality of the spaces thus becomes the conceptual principle of the site plan, which combines different functions, merging them into fluid pathways that run horizontally through it.

Fendi Factory Bagno a Ripoli

A sort of backbone connecting the spaces, with transparent walls, also visually unites the different uses while encouraging people to move around and socialise. The complex will house management and administrative offices, a restaurant, a production warehouse, workshops and a school for haute leather goods.

Fendi Factory Bagno a Ripoli

The project concept, defined together with landscape architect Antonio Perazzi, aims to define the conditions for a renewed visual collaboration between architecture and environment: the building, apparently underground owing to the landscaping choice of creating a continuous and extensive green roof, becomes an integrated ecological system that recreates the contours of the land to restore the shape of the original hillside.

Fendi Factory Bagno a Ripoli

A vast roof garden that fulfils not only an environmental but also a social and community role, becoming a user-friendly space and a venue for employees to socialise.

With: Antonio Perazzi

Fendi Factory Bagno a Ripoli

“The idea was to reconstruct a natural landscape through architecture that disappears within the landscape itself. When an architectural project also includes a landscape project, the symbiosis with the environment develops naturally,” explains Gino Garbellini, a partner at Piuarch.

The green roof, hollowed out by patios that disrupt its continuity and light up the interior spaces, thus stands out as a hallmark of the project. A feature that brings the identity and role of the new production site to the surrounding area, with which it establishes an unprecedented system of counterbalances: ventilation and natural light, use of materials that evoke the colours of the location, transparent external and internal walls, all ensure a visual and physical, almost osmotic exchange between the artificial and natural environments, between the interior and exterior.

Roof garden and green landscape – the colour of the façade allows the FENDI factory to blend in with the hillside and surrounding landscape:
Florence building design by studio Piuarch

From the green roof, to the courtyards, to the industrial park surrounding it, the idea was to transform the entire site into a new and extended garden, also with the purpose of improving the quality of the working spaces, to reinforce the priority of the client’s work: a commitment to increasing responsibility towards the environment and society.

Fendi Factory Bagno a Ripoli, Florence, Italy – Building Information

STATUS: Invited competition: 1st prize
AREA: 14.000 Sqm
LOCATION: Bagno a Ripoli, Italy
YEAR: 2022

Pomegranate courtyard – each courtyard has a specific essence of the Mediterranean scrub and allows natural light to filter in all production spaces:
Florence building pomegranate courtyard

Fendi Factory Bagno a Ripoli Building images / information from studio Piuarch architects, Italy

Location: Bagno a Ripoli, Florence,
Tuscany, Italy, southern Europe

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