A village, a glasshouse, a factory. Melting traditional rural shapes and innovative volumes around a greenhouse. Functionality and welfare of employees.
The point of departure? Create a complex with maximum architectural transparency and provide
every working station with a view of the green areas by using a minimum amount of masonry
The architecture of the DAVINES's new headquarters and manufacturing, packaging, storage
facility and skin care brand [Comfort Zone] is designed to create a family-working environment.
The headquarter and offices are conceived as a village of inviting two-storey houses inspired
by archetypes, grouped around a lush flower-garden.
The "greenhouse", characterized by a modern and light architectural style, made from glass
and super thin steel, forms the heart of the complex and houses the co-working areas, the
restaurant and bar for the employees.
The shapes of the office houses made from natural oak wood with titanium zinc roofs are
reduced to the max and are flooded with light by using a particular glass that avoids colour
distortions. Surrounded by green areas the project includes laboratories designed as open,
transparent spaces to the garden, education zones for hairdresser and aestheticians’ training,
control rooms and a skin bar where [comfort zone] products can be tested. Prefabricated with
self-cleaning cement facades, the warehouse is structured in white and grey with polycarbonate
and zinc panels and is protected by a hilly terrain that faces the motorway.
Vegetation is the common denominator of the project. In constant and harmonious dialogue with
the architecture, the green areas reveal themselves in all their beauty and include two internal
courtyards, the scientific vegetable garden, and a large garden surrounding the buildings and
the Green Kilometre along the highway.
Architecture: Matteo Thun & Partners, technical director Luca Colombo
Landscape architect: Del Buono Gazerwitz
Interior Design: Molteni & C|Dada Contract Division design by Monica Signani
• 80.000 square meters
• 11.000 square meters dedicated to offices, training, research and development laboratory,
production plant, warehouse, central greenhouse for restaurant and co-working areas
Sustainable energy, waste reduction, optimization of natural resources, and saving of nonrenewable ones:
• Building and Energy Management System (BEMS) providing sustainability protocols in order
to minimize energy consumption and use of artificial lighting.
• Energy needs of the DAVINES Villages are completely met by 100% certified renewable
sources, such as photovoltaic panels, a solar thermal system, and a geothermal system.
• Organic waste from the restaurant is used in the garden, composting through a dehydration
system, all organic waste is reused to fertilize the green areas.