Project data:


Year and location:  2012 Vicenza, Italy
Surface area: 190 square metres
Volume: 940 square metres

 

Energy performance:


Total: 10200 kWh/y
Heating: 17.3 kWh/(m²y)
Total emission of carbon dioxide: 2.73  KgCO2/(m²y)
Mechanical ventilation: 4.2 kWh/(m²y)

 

Project team:


Client: Traverso Vighy Architetti associati
Architects: traverso-vighy – Giovanni Traverso and Paola Vighy, with  Giulio Dalla Gassa, Elena Panza
Energy concept and simulation: Department of Technical Physics – University of Padua – Alberto Zecchin, Michele De Carli, Valeria De Giuli, Giuseppe Emmi, Massimiliano Scarpa, Giacomo Villi, Angelo Zarrella
Structural design: Loris Frison
Systems planning and design: Lorenzo Barban, Marco Sabbatini
Partner companies: Clima Veneta, Coemar, Svea Group, SunPower, Vetreria Romagna, Pesavento Leganmi, Fabbro Carpenterie, Carretta Serramenti, De Grandi Costruzioni Edili, MP3, ORV, Rehau; Cortese Allestimenti, Cesare Bruno Impianti, Kieback&Peter

05. Mar 2013

The “genius” in the bottle and sustainability
TVZEB in Vincenza/I

Text: Joachim Ritter
Photos: Chemollo, Joachim Ritter

Good lighting responds to architectural space. As does sustainable lighting. The use of daylight and the choice of materials and surfaces determine whether a space works – from the technical and energy point of view as well as visually. Lighting does not need to be especially striking or even noticeable. It can be low-key and unobtrusive. And it is not a question of how much energy is consumed, but rather whether the overall project generates excess energy. Architecture does not need to be ultra-technical. It can be human-oriented – and really feel that way.

The basis for the concept of such a project is a comprehensive approach from the initial planning phase. Even the location and alignment within a rural or urban context is important. That may all sound obvious, but reality tells another story, especially when we are not talking about prestige projects designed by “world-famous” architects, but about smaller, everyday projects. Small structures do not appear to offer sufficient volume to be able to deliver sustainable architectural solutions or generate energy rather than consuming it. A false conclusion if ever there was one, as the example of a small design practice in Vicenza, Italy shows.

The “traverso-vighy zero energy building”, for short tvzeb, is an experimental zero energy building realised by virtue of a cooperative endeavour between traverso-vighy architects’ studio and the University of Padua’s Department of Technical Physics.

Tvzeb is the last in a sequence of “light” buildings developed by the studio. The relation with the landscape, the use of daylight, and the prefabrication are consistent to traverso-vighy architects’ approach.

Around 15 years ago they designed a studio for a designer of glasses, a small, balloon-frame building comprising a glulam and stainless steel structure and with a view of a river. In 2006, their design for the Spidi showroom incorporated the meteorological and daytime mutation of daylight into the space. In 2011, with the Casa Ceschi project, they developed a complex, precisely prefabricated lightweight structure of laminated wood which was inserted inside a historical building in the mediaeval town walls of Vicenza. The architects themselves see tvzeb as a kind of synthesis of all their previous experience with daylight projects, with increased attention to energy and sustainability issues.

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The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 86.

TVZEB – Traverso Vighy Zero Energy Building from Archinfo.it on Vimeo.

Further information: www.tvzeb.org

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