Slow architecture

The new headquarters of Zamasport, designed by Frigerio Design Group, is characterized by sustainable architecture

To reduce energy consumption and optimize internal sensory comfort, Frigerio Design Group has worked on maximizing passive performance and reducing active performance. The headquarters of Zamasport is NZEB (Near Zero Energy Building): a highly energy efficient building that uses renewable sources for more than half of the total energy requirement

The shell

The re-enactment of the fabric

The outer shell evokes the fabric and that combination of technique and creativity that distinguishes the work of Zamasport. Spaces, paths and environments are designed to contribute to a better quality of working life of employees, whose well-being is pursued in every aspect of the design: from the use of natural light to the presence of greenery, up to acoustic comfort and the definition of internal microclimates


3700 SQM

hinge between pre-existing constructions

Intended to accommodate the production and executive environments - offices, creative ateliers, fitting- rooms and part of the production - the new building, which occupies an area of ​​3,700 square meters, acts as a hinge between the existing buildings to which it is connected by transparent passages . The Zamasport project reflects the concept of 'Slow Architecture', which has become a true manifesto for the architect Frigerio, where Slow does not mean doing things slowly, but rather with "accuracy".


man / nature relationship

Natural lighting is privileged in every environment and greenery becomes an integral part of the project, in a relationship of visual continuity between garden and architecture that favors the relationship between man and nature. For the lighting, LED luminaires with high efficiency and colour rendering were chosen. The offices are equipped with an internal lighting level sensor, which allows you to make the most of natural light without wasting energy, while the tunable white lighting of the rehearsal rooms adjusts the colour of the light according to the colour of the clothes, emphasizing its perception


apparent softness

The architecture is prefabricated in reinforced concrete and enhances natural light through large openings - such as the glass facade and the microshed roof in the fabric warehouse. The volume of the building is closed on three sides, made with prefabricated concrete panels with self-cleaning coloured photocatalytic cement paste. The surface is made with a formwork that reproduces the vertical drapery of a fabric, giving the hardness of the concrete a touch of apparent softness.


Feeling of lightness

On the contrary, the main facade is completely glazed: here a sunshade with curved vertical strips, which almost appear in motion, contributes to the feeling of lightness given by the transparencies, evoking strips of fabric that hang from above.


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Mario Frusca