IPost Building by studiobv36


Architect Daniele Durante of studiobv36 in Italy has designed a new headquarters in Rome for the Italian postal service.

Long volumes will be stacked in a staggered formation, forming cantilevered sections to shade large parts of the facade.

Light will be reflected by white polycarbonate panels with triangular perforations, which will be sandwiched between layers of glass in the facade.

There will be four different patterns with varying densities across the building's skin.

Called IPost Building, the eight-storey project will house 600 employees.

Construction is due to begin in January 2011.

The text below is from the architect:


The main starting point of the project is its strong relation with the urbanisation of the area, and its adjacency to a highly density block including Telecom building.

These relations have pushed the project idea towards a dialogue with the urban scale, making the building like a “perspective block”, with a strong plastic impact.

The choice of the block is defined by the exact urban alignments, that opening onto and prolonging itself towards the city, we tried to transform the urban block from a closed object into a different vertical sequence of variable plane elements.

The building is composed of 8 volumes in linear development, placed one on one.

The main facade on Via Semeria is shaded by jutting volumes.

The solar exposition is checked by a particular technological system.

Each glass facade is made up of three glass layer, in the layer between the two glass panels, we find a white polycarbonate panel made from special triangular matrix.

This allows the light to reflect, thus checking the glare and storing heat.

There are 4 panels with a different permeability, that give the building textural homogeneity and volumetric density with nuanced effect, from the ground floor until the last level.


Client: Istituto Postelegrafonici - IPOST

Location: Rome
Program: new building for the IPOST headquarters
Status: International Design competition in two steps - First Classified

Gross floor area: 7156 mq
Construction area: 15.894 mq
Construction cost: 30.000.000 euro

Design: Daniele Durante_studiobv36
Consultants: Ai Engineering, Ai Studio
Design collaborators: Federico Pitzalis, Fabrizio Arrigoni, Claudio Cortese, Stefano Jacopini, Martina Telò.

Posted on Monday March 1st 2010 at 1:49 pm by Antonia Anastasiadi. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • zaha h

    actually Guenther Behnisch did a better job 10 years ago already…


  • gab xiao

    the banality of stacking itself!

  • very cool, but is it self-sufficient?

  • justin

    the E/W elevations are bad. it feels like the architect just cut the cake wherever the layers happened to be at the two ends of the building. Look at the 5th picture. In real life, that elevation would feel very unresolved.

  • francesco

    there was a stacking proposal also from OMA

  • guerilla

    Actually, Behnisch’s building looks an industrial container park with glass curtain walls. At least here there is a attempt to utilize the natural light instead of just playing with the masses.

  • Simon
  • dude

    i haven’t been that impressed with a contemporary piece of italian architecture in a loooong time. But ‘construction will start in 2011’ – ish dont zink so – you’ll be lucky if its 2015 until you’ve beat the italian buraeucracy…

  • lcz

    This fetish with constantly suggesting that every building design is a copy of an OMA proposal lacks any value or insight. There have been countless stacked volume buildings both designed and built over the last 75 years and they are not copies of OMA proposals so get over it. OMA does not own a patent to stack volumes on top of one another!

  • tk

    I agree with lcz.
    What about all the buildings that don’t stack? Who did one of those first?

  • antonius