When you first enter NOI Techpark through the main gate, Central Building 1 is a stunning view to take in. The front of the Bauhaus-style building formerly housing the works’ power transformers has been restored with great attention to detail. The inside of the building has been stripped to the core and is now being fitted with new offices, labs, workshops and community areas.
A recent addition to Central Building 1 is equally impressive and, most fittingly, goes by the name of Black Monolith. The compact building known as the “reclining giant” was designed by Chapman Taylor (Milano) und CL&AA Claudio Lucchin & architetti associati (Bolzano) and symbolises the park’s pursuit of innovation. Its geometry is an expression of strict rationalism, while the black façade made of aluminium foam is reminiscent of the site’s evolution over time.
Along with the two central-zone buildings, the large park near the main gate of NOI Techpark is being designed. The Techpark’s “green lung” is not only open to technology park staff but to the public, and it offers plenty of space for events and performances while also featuring recreation areas and a fully equipped outdoor workspace.
All food service facilities are part of the initial phase of construction, too: When NOI Techpark opens in the autumn of 2017, users will find an on-site restaurant, a lounge café to relax and work at as well as a shop offering natural products from South Tyrol. The building at the main gate hosts an information point for everyone interested. Moreover, during the first phase of construction, a day-care facility will be set up in the main-gate building that can be used by technology park staff and employees of nearby companies. The first phase of development will also see the construction of the underground car park.
At a glance
- Construction volume: 59,000 m³ (Central Building 1), 56,000 m³ (Black Monolith), 4,000 m³ (Day-care & Information Point)
- Start of construction: 30 March 2015
- End of construction: Autumn 2017
- Construction costs: €29.97 million
- Planning: Chapman Taylor (MI) with Studio Lucchin (BZ), Cattacin (BZ) and Specialist Planners Bergmeister (BZ), Manens (VE)
- Construction work carried out by: Volcan with Bettiol, Metall Ritten, Damiani Holz&Ko