‘domino’ by MARC, turin, italy image © beppe giardino all images courtesy of MARC

positioned within an existing four-storey building of conventional styling in the center of turin, italy, ‘domino’ is a lively office space for a web-based marketing company designed by turin-based firm MARC. resisting a high-tech architectural language, the brand desired an identity for its intangible work without a literal translation. a refurbishment of the masonry structure was initiated by removing the layers of weathering which had developed on the surface of the bricks, revealing the 20th century detailing including concrete beams, niches and ceilings.

countering a conventional and conservative restoration, the entire ground floor slab was removed and replaced with a 5mm thick metal floor which is ramped and stepped. the perforated mesh allows visual interaction to individuals within the basement cafeteria while the yellow-pigmented surface warms the interior further as illumination emanates through the deck from below. the mustard color palette continues into the underground program, unifying the spaces as a continuous room.

MARC: domino ground level features a yellow-hued perforated metal floor image © beppe giardino

MARC: domino transparency is created through the floor perforations image © beppe giardino

MARC: domino basement cafeteria image © beppe giardino

MARC: domino lounge area image © beppe giardino

MARC: domino perforated metal sheet becomes the ceiling of the basement image © beppe giardino

MARC: domino restored stairs image © beppe giardino

MARC: domino floor plan / level 0

MARC: domino floor plan / level 1

MARC: domino floor plan / level 2

MARC: domino floor plan / level -1

MARC: domino aerial view

MARC: domino section

project info:

project: MARC designers: subhash mukerjee, michele bonino collaborators: lucia baima, mi-jung kim, tommaso rocca partners for engineering: fred (structural engineer: riccardo sampietro; hvac engineer: daniele forte; accounting and security: filippo rizzo) program areas: office: 950 sqm schedule: 2009-2010 client: domino s.r.l. photographer: beppe giardino