MIXED USE BUILDING, LEEDS, ENGLAND - 2009
DESIGN TEAM: 2A+P/A (Gianfranco Bombaci, Matteo Costanzo) with Angelo Grasso
This project develops a superimposition of different functional areas: a public space directly connected with the river, two floors of commercial activities and three floors of offices encased within a glazed balloon frame with a “crown” of sloped roof patio houses. The structure’s façades reflect this functional stratification: over the square on the ground floor there is an enclosed volume covered by a three-story iron balloon frame. On top of this, the patio houses are covered by a golden
aluminum envelope. The building is also equipped with a watermill to harness energy from the flow of the river.