Page 4 - Matteo Thun: Pushing the Limits of Design
NOTABLE USERS Matteo Thun | Matteo Thun & Partners | Milan, Italy . ............... “Sustainability starts from inside. Most human relations and expressions of creativity happen inside buildings, just like most of our daily life. That means that cultures and social structures are what interior design is called to serve, inside buildings that we design, to save resources and energy.” – Matteo Thun, Principal, Matteo Thun & Partners, Milan, Italy . ............... happen inside buildings, just like most of our daily life. That means that cultures and social structures are what interior design is called to serve, inside buildings that we de- sign, to save resources and energy. Thus, an interior design emerges that is simple, essential, and light because of the transparency of its form and function.” To realize the project was a challenge in rapidity. “To work with a fashion company means speed,” notes Thun. “Furthermore, we needed to find a solution that worked without walls to create offices that enabled the creative teams to interact.” He and his team relied on Vectorworks® Architect software to devise an innovative solution for the space’s require- ments, rapidly creating and updat- ing plans, sections, details, furniture drawings, lighting, electrical, and reflected ceiling plans from concep- tual design through final executive drawings. By dividing the layers of the building, he was able to define building levels and use classes to Thun listened carefully to the surroundings, as well as to the company’s past. “Architecture has a teacher, the genius loci,” he explains. “It tells us how to draw a project that respects culture and nature in a territory where we are called to build. Listening to the genius loci, our ideas adapt to history and geography. Hence, an architecture emerges that makes the most of local traditions and new technologies in order to create sustainable solutions, save resources, generate measurable economic results, while contribut- ing to beauty.” He and his team integrated the building seamlessly within its location, choosing sustain- able prefabricated materials for affordability and efficiency in the construction process, and designing the headquarters for maximum, state-of-the-art comfort and sustain- ability, with management systems that optimize heating and cooling, light, and many other features for the large, open space. The building was completed in 2006. Thun and his team also designed the interior spaces to reflect the openness and sustainability of the exterior. Thun says, “Sustainability starts from inside. Most human rela- tions and expressions of creativity Interior spaces reflect the openness and sustainability of the exterior. Interior spaces reflect the openness and sustainability of the exterior.