Bonfiglioli Headquarters in Bologna, Italy

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Bonfiglioli Headquarters in Bologna

25 February 2024

Design: Peter Pichler Architecture

Location: Calderara Di Reno, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna region, Northern Italy

Bonfiglioli Headquarters Bologna Italy

Photos by Gustav Willeit

Bonfiglioli Headquarters, Italy

Peter Pichler Architecture unveils the recently completed Bonfiglioli Headquarters located in Calderara di Reno, Bologna, Italy. The new Headquarters arose from the need to create an efficient and functional office building design that expresses the professionalism, innovation, and proud history of the Italian company.

Bonfiglioli HQ Bologna Italy

Founded in 1956, Bonfiglioli is a leading manufacturer and supplier of a complete range of gearmotors, drive systems, planetary gearboxes, and inverters. Bonfiglioli’s solutions are a driving force in industrial automation, mobile machinery, and renewable energy sectors worldwide.

Bonfiglioli Headquarters Bologna Italy

Bonfiglioli HQ Bologna Italy

The headquarters is the last missing piece in a larger development called EVO, the Group’s largest industrial site in Italy. EVO is designed to satisfy the most recent energy efficiency standards, offering outstanding performance in terms of environmental impact, powered by a 3 MW peak power photovoltaic plant, mounted not only on the existing new plant roofs but also on the awnings of the staff car park.

Bonfiglioli HQ Bologna Italy

Bonfiglioli HQ Bologna Italy

The new HQ is conceived as NZEB (nearly Zero Energy Building) and features geothermal heat pumps and radiant ceilings to further save energy and obtain additional internal comfort.

Bonfiglioli Headquarters Bologna Italy

It stands out as a recognizable landmark that both rises above and integrates itself with the surroundings—a radical approach towards sustainability with intelligent geometry.

Bonfiglioli Headquarters Bologna

The starting point of the design was to incorporate the courtyard typology of the existing masterplan buildings into the massing. This courtyard houses a green garden on the ground floor and enhances natural ventilation through a chimney effect. In response to local sunlight conditions, the building’s roof has been tilted, enlarging the north facade to maximize workspace with indirect natural light.

Bonfiglioli Headquarters Bologna

The south-facing facades and roof of the headquarters are clad in a second skin made from a custom continuous pleated aluminum mesh, which filters intense light and ensures a comfortable indoor environment while saving energy. The pleated geometry is inspired by the company’s gears while the aluminum mesh recalls the shavings that are produced daily as a byproduct of the company’s supply chain.

Bonfiglioli HQ Bologna

Designed with future flexibility in mind, the building features column-free open spaces through an Exoskeleton façade. Inside, the building is a testament to modern workplace design, fostering connectivity and collaboration. The layout is thoughtfully orchestrated, with departments distributed across various levels, for optimal public interaction and synergy with surrounding buildings.

Bonfiglioli HQ Bologna

Two sculptural spiral staircases, crafted from steel, are more than physical connectors between floors, but a symbolic vortex of creativity exchange, inviting a continuous flow of ideas. On the 3rd floor, a bridge through the internal courtyard connects the department to facilitate the workflow and communication.

Bonfiglioli Headquarters Bologna

Bonfiglioli HQ Bologna

The building places a special emphasis on health and well-being, incorporating green spaces and maximizing indirect natural light to enhance the work environment. Its unique sloped roof design culminates in six terraces, all oriented towards the south. These terraces provide serene outdoor spaces for reflection and pause, offering views of the iconic Santuario Madonna di San Luca. This connection to the outdoors, together with the views, enriches the daily experience of those who work there.

Bonfiglioli Headquarters Bologna

Bonfiglioli’s new headquarters is not just a place of work but a testament to the potential of sustainable design in the industrial sector. It stands as a model for low-carbon, energy-autonomous buildings and embodies the principles of the circular economy, ready to adapt to the evolving needs of the company and its people.

Bonfiglioli HQ Bologna

Bonfiglioli Headquarters in Bologna, Italy – Building Information

Project: Bonfiglioli Headquarters
Location: Calderara Di Reno, Bologna, Italy
Architecture: Peter Pichler Architecture – https://peterpichler.eu/
Status: Competition First Prize – Completion 2024
Client: Bonfiglioli
Area: 6200 sqm
Peter Pichler Architecture Team:
Ppa Principals: Peter Pichler, Silvana Ordinas
Ppa Team: Peter Pichler, Niklas Knap, Simona Alù,
Ugo Licciardi, Cem Ozbasaran, Filippo Ogliani, Giovanni
Paterlini, Domenico Calabrese, Nathalia Rotelli, Angela
Ferrari, Alessandro Cardellini, Simone Valbusa.

Bonfiglioli HQ Bologna Italy

Structure & Mep: Arup
Electrical Engineering: Arup
Façade Planning: Pichler Projects
Fire Consultant: Ics Ingegneria
Acoustics: Solarraum
Site Supervision: Studio Taddia
General Contractor: Ing Ferrari, Pichler Projects
Project Management Bonfiglioli: Federico Mazzanti,
Chiara Persi, Vincenzo Lamanna

Bonfiglioli Headquarters Bologna Italy

Photography: Gustav Willeit

Bonfiglioli Headquarters in Bologna, Italy images / information received 250224

Location: Calderara Di Reno, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna region, Northern Italy.

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