I.LAB ITALCEMENTI, BERGAMO
Italcementi's Research Centre, within the Kilometro Rosso campus aims at achieving the LEED PLATINUM U.S. certification, the best Italian building for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
YEAR THE WORK WAS EXECUTED 2010-2011
CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Engineer. G. Pandini
ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT arch. Richard Meier
STRUCTURAL PROJET Studio Verdina
PRODUCTS USEDE Composite steel-concrete truss
The structural project had to adapt to the architectural concept planned by architect Meier, which anticipated up to 18 metres of overhangs with a consequential loss of load homogeneity. The large shell cover, which played an important role in moderating solar irradiation on the transparent facades, is among the more interesting architectural elements in the i.lab building complex in Bergamo.
The i.lab roof is composed of large, extremely thin elements precast in white concrete and composite steel-concrete truss, equipped for post-tensioning once the roof cast was completed. Within the metal structure, post-tensioning cables were inserted which are tightened when the cast has completely hardened in order to control structure jolts with spans ranging from 10 to 18 metres.