As research fellow DUOPUU/Paolo Simeone collaborated with Guido Callegari – professor and researcher in architectural technology – to design the original graphics in his very interesting essay Vertical extensions as a strategy for the resilient city inside the new book "Roofscape Design. Regenerating the City upon the City" (Berlin, Jovis, 2021) written by Guido Callegari with Gustavo Ambrosini, both professor at Department of Architecture and Design, Polytechnic University of Turin. The graphics support the essay helping the reader to show the complex connections between the construction sector and the circular economy, existing buildings' architectural additions and the whole life cycle carbon assessment and the adaptive reuse as a driver for the development of new scenarios and strategies.
DUOPUU has collaborated with Enrico Molteni Architecture office in the design of a new kindergarten entirely made out of engineered wood and organic/bio based building materials. DUOPUU has interpreted the curvilinear shapes of Enrico Molteni’s project, transforming them into light weight curved timber-frame walls with special natural infill insulation and insulating coat. DUOPUU has worked with TimberTech, a company expert in timber construction’s structural analysis in order to design an unconventional wooden building using standard and certified elements. [1st prize Competition; status: on-going; total surface: 1000 sqm]. Design: Enrico Molteni Architecture / Wooden architecture: DUOPUU / Timber construction: TimberTech / Landscape: RSL Landscape / Graphics: Vitali Studio / Technical installations: Consult Engineering / Educational and pedagogical content: Reggio Children / Drawings and pictures by Enrico Molteni.
As research fellow DUOPUU/Paolo Simeone is involved in the "Integrated Photovoltaic Architectural Façade Design” research project 2018-21 carried out by Polytechnic University of Turin, Architecture and Design Department, person in charge Prof. Guido Callegari, which is focused on studying and designing a prototype of a new integrated photovoltaic thermal solar module, ready to be installed on façades of existing and new buildings. [Photo credits: DAD Politecnico Torino / opus Architekten BDA]
DUOPUU provided the concept and executive design of a wooden furniture system for the new retail shops of RCE FOTO company. RCE FOTO is the biggest Italian retailer of used professional photography equipment with tested guarantee. The lightweight and prefab furniture system is designed to be quickly and easily assembled in the existent shops. The system is characterized by a strong RCE FOTO identity and is easily adaptable to various different shop layouts. [Client: private; status: on-going]
DUOPUU is providing the technical consultancy for the executive design and the support for the works management during the construction phases of one of the Italian largest extra storey wooden extension. At the Research Area of the National Research Council in Pisa, on the rooftop of the existing 2-storey offices and laboratories palace "Block-C", almost 2000 square meter/1 storey new ecological office building is growing, without impacting the regular work and daily activities in the floors below.
The use of wood, and in particular the innovative construction system based on load-bearing elements – walls, beams and roof – 100% made of CLT massive wooden panels has been adopted as the winning choice for a non-impacting construction site. FSC certified CLT cross laminated panels from the Trentino Region, pre-cut through innovative CNC machinery and ready to be transported, moved and assembled quickly, have allowed to build a new resistant and relatively light wooden skeleton without any additional static reinforcements on the existing structures that have not been altered. Moreover, high-levels of building components' prefabrication and modularity (acoustic and thermal insulation layers, facade systems and roof elements, interior finishes, technical installations etc.) have been studied and developed to guarantee an efficient and sustainable construction process and control for the environmental impact of all the building phases. The new offices will be certified according to the rigorous national standards in terms of indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency, fire resistance performance, durability and will host more than 60 workers and researchers when finished.
[concept: Cnr-Pisa, Prof. Ing. Ario Ceccotti and DUOPUU; design and works management: Cnr-Pisa; construction: Rielco Srl; client: public; status: completed]
DUOPUU is pleased to be engaged in teaching in the 2nd level Specializing Master's Programme in "Wood Building Architecture" – first and second edition – at Polytechnic University of Turin, a programme designed with the aim of educating experts for the Italian rising timber construction sector and open to graduates in engineering and architecture. DUOPUU is holding the course “Structural uses of wood: innovation and sustainability” as well as the final class “Timber Building Construction Lab”. Person in charge and scientific coordinator Guido Callegari, professor of Building Technology at Department of Architecture and Design - Polytechnic University of Turin.