piuarch: bentini headquarters
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mar 19, 2012
piuarch: bentini headquarters

‘bentini headquarters’ by piuarch, faenza, ravenna, italy
all images courtesy of piuarch




milan-based practice piuarch has sent us images of their recently completed building ‘bentini headquarters’, an office in faenza, of ravenna, italy. comprised of two parallel buildings, one for employees and a warehouse for archives and services, the complex interacts with the surrounding hills and landscape while the mediating space serves as an inner courtyard. a transparent enclosure at the ground level eliminates a sense of boundary and delicately elevates the building. the 300 square meter roof garden projects views above the existing low-rise structures to focus attention to the encompassing city and countryside, providing an ideal area for events and conferences.


defining the external appearance, a modular facade with a grid of rectangles in diverse sizes and orientations are layered over the glass curtain wall. the brise soleil’s adjustable solar filters change the exterior while the shadows generated by the continuous movement of the sun adds a dynamic character while framing activity occurring inside. the north elevation is a continuous glass wall, introducing the vistas into daily interaction.

brise soleil facade

north facade

glass entry at ground level

(left) lobby
(right) central stair


entry facade

brise soleil facade at night

rear facade at night


site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1









project info:


typology: offices
built area: 6500 mq
client: bentini s.p.a.
location: faenza, ravenna, italia
year: 2009–2010
architectural design: piuarch. francesco fresa, germán fuenmayor, gino garbellini, monica tricario
structural design: euro engineering s.r.l.       
m & e design: euro engineering s.r.l.
lighting design: rossi bianchi lighting design
landscape design: mmass studio associato    
calculations and specifications: studio tre architetti associati
phase: built
piuarch team: salvatore seggio and yusuke aizawa, momoko asano, ilan balouka, filippo carcano, erica cazzaniga, viola corbari, marco dragoni, davide fascione, niccolò genesio, luca mazzeo, michele megna, elena migliorati, nicola pelucchi, jenny spagnolatti, giorgio terraneo

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