A new headquarter for Italy’s leading pet-store chain, Arcaplanet, a company made up mostly of millennials and backed by its 20 years of experience in the pet-food&care sector.
The ‘primary objective of the strip out and full retrofit operation of the factory body, was to give back to the urban fabric a volume that had never dialogued with it. The disused industrial building became an open and transparent headquarter, with facades redesigned to allow maximum permeability and a scenic view of the interiors from the outside, thanks to the street level placed at a lower elevation.
The new façade, made with a ventilated façade system,provided a marked improvement in the building’s passive energy performance.
Through the subtraction of part of the existing volumes and taking advantage of the significant heights typical of volumes for production use, the necessary surfaces were recovered to create a new intermediate floor.
In memory of the sites and the building’s previous industrial use, the roof was also repurposed with two sheds that allow the offices to be naturally lit, with diffuse light throughout the day.
The office space is organized according to the new ‘smart working’ approach: teamwork is encouraged, and all company activities, from management to e-commerce management to industry training, are contained under one roof.
Arcaplanet’s new offices represent the return to the territory of a building capable of dialoguing with it and the reconfirmation of the values of a company that, by renewing its appearance, is increasingly aiming at a future of harmony between man, animals and the environment.