International design firm CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati has completed the new office of Italian pharmaceutic company Zambon. The interior project built inside the Z-life Zambon campus in Bresso is referred to as 'Sunny Inside', featuring indoor hydroponically grown green areas. The Zambon campus was designed by AMDL Circle and completed in 2013.
"The "Sunny Inside" project pushes the boundaries of biophilic design with a series of special features, such as an innovative illumination system to bring natural light in buildings, hydroponically grown green areas and spaces for natural silence." Explains CRA
Zambon's new offices incorporate the latest LED Sun-like technology, which mimics the sun's spectral power distribution, reproducing it within the office's boundaries and blurring the traditional distinction between indoor and outdoor spaces. Alongside sunlight, plants enter the workspace, enriching desks and common areas, and further improving workers' well-being.
This project continues CRA's ongoing experimentation with innovative workspaces, such as Fondazione Agnelli's redesign in Turin, Italy, characterized by a reconfigurable open space where people can select their environmental preferences, creating a series of personalized thermal bubbles.
Architect: CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati for Zambon
Type of project: office interior design
Location: Campus Z-Life, Bresso (Architecture project: AMDL Circle)
CRA Team: Carlo Ratti, Andrea Cassi (Project Manager), Valentina Grasso, Serena Giardina, Francesca Marino, Chiara Morandini, Greta Stefanova, Matteo Zerbi
CRA Graphic team: Pasquale Milieri, Gary di Silvio, Gianluca Zimbardi
Graphic design: studio FM Milano
Lighting consultancy: AI Studio
Photos: Luca Rotondo and Marco Beck Peccoz
CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati is an international design and innovation office based in Turin, Italy, with branches in New York City and London. Drawing on Carlo Ratti’s research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the office is currently involved in many projects across the globe, embracing every scale of intervention – from product design to installations to architecture and urban planning.
CRA aims to explore the intersection between the natural and artificial in the built environment, often leveraging digital technologies as part of a multidisciplinary mission to THINK, DESIGN, and MAKE innovation in the urban space.
Among the recent projects there are the master plan for MIND-Milano Innovation District; the 280-meter-tall skyscraper CapitaSpring in Singapore; the redesign of the Agnelli Foundation Headquarter in Turin; the “Eyes of the City” section of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) in Shenzhen in 2019; the Italian Pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020. Product design projects range from experimental furniture for Cassina to light installations for Artemide to responsive seating systems for Vitra.
In the last years, CRA has also been involved in the launch of new companies such as Makr Shakr, the world’s leading producer of robotic bartenders, and Scribit, the startup behind the eponymous write&erase robot.
CRA is the only design firm whose works have been featured three times in TIME Magazine’s “Best Inventions of the Year” list – respectively with the Digital Water Pavilion in 2007, the Copenhagen Wheel in 2014, and Scribit in 2019.