LEED Italia v3 - LEED 2009
Centro Direzionale Intesa Sanpaolo
LEED Platinum 2015
The new Intesa Sanpaolo headquarters in Turin is an environmental social laboratory, and urban project by renowned Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano. Unlike other bank headquarters, this commercial building invites the surrounding community, providing the pubic access and awareness to many of its world-class amenities and sustainable features.
Standing at the edge of the historic town center, the building is close to the new Porta Susa Railway Station. Intesa Sanpaolo is located at the center of public services and transportation facilities in a zone of strategic importance for the city.
The building provides many spaces for civic activity. The public garden next door, Giardino Nicola Grosa, was transformed into a playful space, with new trees, lawns, and common spaces. A public gallery that goes through the entrance hall of the ground floor provides access to the garden. The ground floor has a transparent hall and a multifunctional auditorium, which can be used for conferences, concerts, exhibitions, etc. The views of the city from the top floors are stunning. The pent-house level includes a glass greenhouse, restaurant, and exhibition room, with panoramic views, all of which are open to the public.
The middle area is for offices and has a capacity of more than 2,000 people. The training rooms on the seventh floor can accommodate 130 people. The lower ground floors house areas for employee and facilities services. The other lower ground floors accommodate parking areas and the main plant rooms.
The Tower is built according to principles of sustainability, adopting energy efficient solutions and ensuring compliance with the best environmental practice. Centro Direzionale Intesa Sanpaolo obtained LEED Platinum certification for New Construction. The building features several original and unique elements, such as its innovative structural concept. There are no internal columns. Rather, six steel megacolumns transfer the total weight of the 32 levels above it and the five levels below. The base is a huge volume in reinforced concrete of 12,800 m3. Another original feature of the structures is its ventilated floors, which in summer, enables their mass to be cooled down through flow of external air, thus optimizing energy.
Like the snow-capped mountains that form the city’s landscape, the tower is covered with white materials, including transparent and opalescent glass and lacquered aluminum, making it appear luminescent. It is this reason Renzo Piano called the building “Un frammento di ghiaccio a Torino.”