Nice’s new Brazilian headquarters

Limeira / Brazil / 2020

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MC A - Mario Cucinella Architects has broken ground on a 16,000 sqm industrial complex in Brazil for Nice, the Italian multinational which is world leader in the Home Automation, Home Security and Smart Home sector.

Located in Limeira to the north west of São Paulo, the building, which aspires to meet LEED certification, will be topped with a roof inspired by the shape of a tropical leaf. In addition to the roof design, the building will act as a landmark example of sustainable factory architecture.

The 100 million plus R$ complex will be the new headquarters of Nice in Brazil and one of Nice’s global R&D centres. MC A’s design aims to reinterpret the concept of a production building by establishing a dialogue with the surrounding environment and community.

The building will present a light, open front to the main public street. Here, two floors of offices, communal areas, training spaces, triple height showroom and a soaring lobby will be housed under the dramatically cantilevering roof. Production facilities will be located to the rear, overlooked by a window from the lobby so that visitors can see the automated final assembly line in action.

Beyond the production space, suspended pathways will lead to a rear building of staff facilities containing a gym, nursery and outdoor kitchen area for traditional churrasco cooking, which will be dedicated to employees and their families.


The headquarters is designed to reduce energy use through a variety of passive and active measures that take advantage of the favourable climatic conditions. As a result, the building will be able to operate off-grid for some portions of the year with zero carbon emissions.

Thanks to a combination of thermal mass and natural ventilation, the production area will require no cooling or heating. The overhanging roof will provide the glass facades with shading from solar radiation while allowing all working spaces to be flooded with diffuse light. Openable façade elements will allow the whole Nice headquarters building to rely on natural ventilation for two thirds of the year.

Photovoltaic roof panels covering 4000m2 will fulfill the electrical load for the building, potentially allowing it to disconnect from the grid during sunny days. The roof will also facilitate the collection of storm water, which will be stored in a 500m3 water tank for irrigation and grey water purposes.


Landscaping will create a variety of grass, savanna and forest planting suitable for the local climate to complement the outdoor circulation system. The incorporation of ponds and water areas will help mitigate the run-off of storm water and direct rainwater towards a reservoir at the bottom of the site.

“The design re-establishes a symbiotic relationship between built space and nature by interacting with the surrounding landscape, reinterpreting traditional Brazilian architectural elements and encouraging users to take advantage of all its passive features”, says Mario Cucinella of MC A.

“We are proud of this project, because it embodies Nice’s commitment on one hand towards innovation and search for breakthrough solutions and on the other hand towards sustainable design for a better life quality, in line with the Connected Living concept which leads the development of our products”, claims Lauro Buoro, Chairman and Founder of Nice group. “That’s why we chose to collaborate with a well-known architect such as Mario Cucinella, who’s careful to create empathy between building, environment and people and who was able to translate Nice’s vision in a project emblematic of our commitment towards innovation and growth”.

The factory is expected to complete by the end of 2020.


Credits
Location: Limeira, Brazil
Year: 2019 – End of 2020
Client: Nice
Surface: approx. 15,000sqm
Architect: Mario Cucinella Architects
Team: Mario Cucinella, Michele Olivieri (project management), Andrea Rossi (R&D Director), Elena Biason, Maria Pazzaglia, Valerio Vincioni, Anglelo Ungarelli, Augusta Zanzillo, (BIM Coordinator) Yuri Costantini (mode maker).
Structural Engineers: Minerbo Fuchs Engenharia
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: Minerbo Fuchs Engenharia
Rendering: MC A visualisation, Alessia Monacelli

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    MC A - Mario Cucinella Architects has broken ground on a 16,000 sqm industrial complex in Brazil for Nice, the Italian multinational which is world leader in the Home Automation, Home Security and Smart Home sector. Located in Limeira to the north west of São Paulo, the building, which aspires to meet LEED certification, will be topped with a roof inspired by the shape of a tropical leaf. In addition to the roof design, the building will act as a landmark example of sustainable factory...

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    • Year 2020
    • Work finished in 2020
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Office Buildings / Business Centers / Corporate Headquarters
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