As an urban solution, opposed to the linear solution of 9 stories + attic of the urban plan, LaScalA proposes to reduce the perceived size of the building by reducing the height and by fragmenting volumes. This also improves the interior quality of the dwellings, their sunlight condition and ventilation.
A building sensitive to the urban situation in which it is located. Its height and volumetric configuration seeks to adapt to the surroundings, notably reducing its scale by staggering the building, a meandering floor plan articulated by three open courtyards and the large staggered openings in the façade. The recessing and change of colour of the upper floors contribute to the reduction of the perceived scale.
The building has a single vertical communication core and all the dwellings have cross or corner ventilation to the open courtyard. The distributors to the dwellings are viewed as an extension of the public space of the plot, a naturally ventilated and illuminated place for social interactions. These spaces have been optimised in terms of surface area without sacrificing architectural quality.
The twisting floor plan with three open courtyards makes it possible to concentrate more building space on the first four floors and gradually release the volume on the upper floors. In this way, the project begins to use the roofs as an outdoor space for the dwellings, giving as a result a large number of penthouse dwellings.
The housing has been designed under the concepts of continuity and spatial amplitude. The project opts for passive energy efficiency strategies such as the care of the continuous thermal envelope on the outside, with an ETICS façade and aluminium joinery with thermal bridge break and roller shutter tunnel boxes.