This great construction is built in 2009/2010 by Caterina Tiazzoldi and take the location in Torino, Italy. This Toolbox office is covers an area for about 1300 mq. This Toolbox office is a professional incubator which is realized in an industrial building based in the city of Torino. This office is believed to meet the needs of a city in a phase of the substantial transformation. For more information about this toolbox just give the attention the paragraph bellows!
Nowadays laptop and Wi-Fi connection is begin popular and it’s familiar in the public. Which this rapid technological process, the people is able to take some work from anywhere. And then appear a good question, “where and what professional space is needed for?” How is it possible to create the space which combining user’s plurality with the coherence of the whole design? How is it possible to mediate between a need for socialization and privacy, between relaxation and concentration?
The project is consists in the creation of an open space with 4 individual workstations combined with the others service and activities, it’s based from the functional point of view. The purpose of this office building is to keep the modular unaltered concrete structure.
The building’s main span is used as technical space for storing lockers and equipment. It has been divided the lengthwise by a series of filter volume. In the other side there is a co-working space, while on the other side, the corridors and the functional box containing shared facilities such as the meeting room, print rooms, informal meeting space, mailboxes, a patio and a kitchen.
The design perspective which is process the building purpose is to mediate between the plurality of the user’s needs and the coherence of the design. The project concept is derives from the combinatorial adaptable component model which developed by Caterina Tiazzoldi within the context of the research Lab NSU at the politecnico in Torino and the Columbia University. The kind of solution is obtained by the use of a unique rule design. A set of the identical volumes is acquires the specialization or differentiation through the use of the different materials like cork, rubber and the polished paint, according to the programmatic function hosted in the box. The specialization of a generic volume occurs in the accordance with a specialization which generated by the sound, thermal and the visual requirements.
The purpose is to convey a harmonious coexistence of the different world and cultural references. The principle of variation and transformation of a unique element is also pursued in other parts of the project by differentiating the colors of the natural rubber floors in the meeting rooms, sound insulation coating is alternating with a small telephone pods and finally by varying the sizes, colors and levels of the transparency of the bubbles which is forms the external texture of the box-bar. The concept uses a very few items in endless variations, a single is developing an infinite range of possibilities to respond of the plurality of users’ needs.
The office concept is driven in every design of the choice. The entrance wall has been achieved with the 500 variations of the one single white box. The overall design is obtained with the parametric software generating the endless configuration from a single digital model. Likewise the conditioning grids which have been obtained from a single parametric model which recalculates the size and the position of the holes which based on the exchange of the air required in each environment.
The similar principle is also applied in the management of the space which is oriented towards of a sustainable flexibility. The flexibility itself is not based on the transformation of the physical space, but on a variety of uses to obtain through the use of a few combinatorial functions like co-working, meeting rooms, kitchen, patio and a parking lot. The flexibility is permitting the derivation of an almost limitless number of the scenarios. An automated system for centralized the control of the lighting, the access and service like the printers and the telephone, its allow in each user to have a profile of the designed based to their needs.
The management of the space is therefore related to an automated system which is allows or denies the use of the certain functions in accordance with the users’ profiles. In this way, the automated system is allows us to reduce the direct friction between the people with regard to the modality of the use of the space. Automation has become a tool of the socialization in a space which the interaction between users is very strong.
- Designer: Caterina Tiazzoldi
- Location: Torino, ItalyDesign team: A. Balzano, H. Cany, C. Caramassi, L. Croce, M. Fassino, M. Pianosi
- Project year: 2009/2010
- Completion site: 1300 mq
- Property: I.O.S. S.p.A.
- Photographs: Sebastiano Pellion da Persano, Heléné Cany