Project: FRIEM Headquarters
Location: Milan, Italy
The envelope of this project consists in a series of shaped sheets of opaque stainless steel. The texture of the steel was developed in several phases, starting with standard industrial parts like elongated, drilled and bent plates. The self-supporting elements, with a mechanical attachment at the end, have different widths and heights varying from 4 to 4.5 meters. The selected sheet of metal is AISI 304 stainless steel with a thickess of 2mm, press-formed with custom laser-cut openings where required, and a fine brushed finish. The laser-cut plates filter light at different opening degrees depending on sun exposure and the degree of intimacy desired.
The choice of the steel envelope, as well as the use of prefabricated elements assembled mainly using dry construction systems (such as the steel profiles used for the structure and the plasterboard employed for the walls), was driven by the desire to speed up and simplify the construction work, reducing the storage space of materials during the construction phase and improving the quality and preciseness of construction of the finished product.