Budri New Headquarters in Mirandola

08 April 2014

Budri New Headquarters in Mirandola

The idea of transforming our existing office building into a place dominated by stone and marble, using it and the glazed extension now added to underline what Budri is all about: the ability to transform materials, stones, granites, marbles and onyxes into architecture, interiors and above all narratives. Raw split-faced Lucerne stone with a quarry-fresh look appears alongside bronzed aluminium and glass, expressing the strength of stone as a construction material, and its evocative force. A continual dialogue between the body of stone and its weight, its striking form and tactile force, and the lightness of metal and, even more so, of glass, are constant features of the project, in both the renovated sections and the large extension, a cube of glass and stone. The project also involves the surrounding grounds, transformed into a garden of stone, greenery and water. The character of the project, unusual for an industrial area, expresses a clear intent, a statement of a possibility, an opportunity, after the terrible days in 2012 when earthquakes brought this area to its knees, as buildings collapsed or suffered serious damage. This project sets out to demonstrate that there is an alternative open to industrial estates: they can become part of a quality restyling of the landscape, disproving the belief that industrial areas are an “ugly necessity” and providing a model for “the beauty of necessity” for industrial and manufacturing sites. Leaving its merits aside, this small but important project humbly offers itself as a contribution to the debate and a genuine opportunity for reversing the trend, not only in its own area but in the country as a whole.