The project for Macjoy R&D and Production Facilities takes on two crucial challenges: how to minimize the amount of waste material from demolition (and consequent emissions) and how to develop a meaningful architecture to host productive facilities while optimizing the functionality.
MDO worked on both architecture and interiors, with a conservative approach aimed at preserving the entire existing structure, in order to retain the embodied energy of the existing materials and making use of the skill of the client to transform the structure into a 21st century building. The factories and offices would serve themselves as showcase for the brand’s expertise.
In the factory, the internal partitions have been stripped, while the rest of the building has been maintained: the facades re-cladded and the roof substituted. In the office building, needing more light and a suitable layout, the internal partitions and the facades have been replaced, while we could keep the main structure and the internal staircase.
Corrugated steel, charcoal grey aluminium and glass are the main materials adopted for the façade, manipulated in such a way to create a rhythmic and dynamic composition, reflected in the interiors through the glass of the façade and the sky-lights of the factory roof. The materials are all engineered and produced by the factory itself, the design wants to reflect the clean and highly technological precision of its productive chain, making use of neat and simple geometries that would celebrate the quality of the surfaces and the extreme precision in the details.
Credited: Photography by Dirk Weibler