Nice, the Italian multinational global leader in Smart Home, Security, Home & Building Automation solutions, has entrusted the prestigious MC A - Mario Cucinella Architects studio with the design and realization of the new Brazilian headquarters of the company, a complex that is strongly avant-garde and eco-sustainable. Right now, construction work is going at a fast pace, with completion scheduled for June.
The futuristic complex will be in Limeira, northwest of São Paulo, and will cover an area of 20,000 square meters. Designed to meet LEED certification requirements, the building sets a benchmark for sustainable industrial architecture.
Nice's Brazilian headquarters has been conceived as a smart factory, inspired by the principles of Industry 4.0: a new production approach based on the use of cutting-edge technologies designed to improve working conditions, create a sustainable business model, and increase productivity and product quality of the plants. Realized with an investment of over 20 million euros, the complex will also be one of Nice's international R&D centers.
The project developed by MC A studio aims at reinterpreting the concept of 'production plant' by establishing a dialogue with the community and the surrounding environment. The building is characterized by a bright central front facing the main public roadway and it includes the lobby, two floors of offices, common areas, and a variety of meeting rooms. Production is located on the back and is connected to the main atrium through a large window from which all visitors can observe the automated production process, transforming the structure into a "show-factory". Finally, a system of suspended pathways, surrounded by a forest, leads to another extension of the building that houses public facilities for employees.
Nice's new Brazilian headquarters is designed to reduce energy consumption through the use of a range of active and passive measures, which take advantage of favorable climatic conditions and allow the company's facilities and headquarters to operate completely off-grid for parts of the year without carbon emissions, supporting the CO2 reduction goals undertaken by the company globally. The building passively interacts with Limeira's mild climate by providing shade and allowing diffused light rays to all workspaces. The production area, thanks to the combination of thermal energy and natural ventilation, is fully operational all year round (without the need for additional cooling or heating), while the showroom and offices benefit from a mixed-use system that encourages the use of natural ventilation while reducing overall cooling need.
"Sustainability is a foundational element of architecture. If we think about the past, we have always had the need for a relationship with Earth and all its energies, such as the sun, the wind, the light. The project re-establishes a symbiotic relationship between the architectural structure and nature, interacting with the landscape and reinterpreting traditional Brazilian architectural elements, and encouraging the use of all its passive characteristics.", says Mario Cucinella founder and creative director of MC A - Mario Cucinella Architects.
"We have renewed our commitment to the realization of this project of great value, the result of very careful choices, from the centrality of the individual, to the selection of materials, to the technologies installed, which is part of our path towards sustainability at an international level. - declares Lauro Buoro, President and Founder of Nice - A company strategy that pays increasing attention to the environment and to the society in which we operate, to our way of doing business, to innovation. Nice's new Brazilian headquarters, designed by the prestigious Mario Cucinella Architects Studio, embodies these values and is intended to be a great opportunity for the development of the area and a new economic model capable of meeting the challenges of the contemporary world".
"The new Nice headquarters and production plant - adds Leonardo Sanchez, General Manager of Nice Brasil, a subsidiary of the Nice group since 2011 and a reference hub for the Latin American market - will represent a real turning point for the social and economic fabric of Limeira. It will be an avant-garde center that will offer its workers an innovative professional experience, where they can grow and constantly improve their skills, in line with Nice's values of diversity and inclusion. Other than being a complex project that takes into account social responsibility, integrating industry, community, and environment." - concludes Sanchez.