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124 TECHNOLOGY / IGUZZINI UK HEADQUARTERS, LONDON
FORZAITALIA!
iGuzzini’s newUKheadquarters arenow fully operational.
Designed by Italian-bornarchitect PierLuigi Copat, the
buildingbringsatouch of Italy to Guildford, andahostof
iGuzzini lighting of course
iGuzzini UK was established in 1990 as a
full subsidiary to iGuzzini Italy and has
now established itself as one of the largest
architectural lighting companies within the
UK market. Having been based in Mitcham
for a number of years, a need for space
prompted the move to a new location in
have been fitted in the atrium to produce alighting showroom and reception, is finishedPeasmarsh, near Guildford.
wide beam of light while reducing the lightin slate grey stucco render and set back.Built on the site of an old timber yard
shadow contrast. In the reception area,The overhanging upper two floors, used foradjacent to the River Wey, the project
the award winning Le Perroquet system -administration, are both glazed and featureconsists of two structures: a three-storey
especially suited to high ceilings - togetherlight grey cladding panels, reminiscent inoffice building and a connecting low-rise
with the Deep Frame multi recessed lightingfinish to raw cast aluminium - a signaturewarehouse. The different heights create
system have been used. The offices upstairsmaterial of iGuzzini luminaires.a sloping scale that minimises impact on
are fitted with the reduced energy con-The offices are connected vertically bynearby housing.
sumption Wide system which envelopes anda custom-produced glass staircase with aThe office building is an asymmetrical,
illuminates without harshness thanks to alight acid etched inner layer that gives aU-shaped steel-framed structure developed
perfect balance of direct and indirect light-greater brightness than standard opaque oraround a central three-floor story, glazed
ing while the meeting rooms feature lightssandblasted glass.atrium. At the back of the building, the
from the Action range.The building has a sophisticated lightingground floor is sunk under a grass slope that
The scheme has been awarded an ‘excel-control system featuring just some of iGuzz-anchors the building to the surrounding
lent’ BREEAM rating for its minimised en-ini’s leading indoor and external architec-landscape and its environment. The ground
ergy consumption and for reducing carbontural lights. In certain areas such as meetingfloor meeting rooms located in this part of
emissions through heat recovery systems,rooms and bathrooms there are presencethe building are lit naturally by skylights set
natural ventilation, a ground source heatdetectors that activate and deactivate thein the raised landscape.
pump that provides all the heating andlighting, and light level sensors throughoutThe design of the office building by Ital-
cooling requirements for the first floor of-the building help to maximise the use ofian-born, Paris-based architect, Pier Luigi
fice and photovoltaic panels which providedaylight. A sample of lights used include theCopat, establishes a clear hierarchy be-
an annual power delivery of 27,000kwh.award winning Cestello system, designedtween the ground floor and the upper two
www.iguzzini.comby Gae Aulenti & Piero Castiglioni, thatfloors. The ground floor, which is used as a
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