Cabel Industry: Cabel Headquarters Incorporated on Empoli’s Industrial Estate

Cabel Industry is headquarters for Cabel, a company that deals with computer systems for banks.  Located at the edge of Empoli, Province of Florence, Italy, the building was developed by Massimo Mariani. It is incorporated in the local industrial estate and stood approximately 4500 square.

cabel industry by massimo mariani

The Cabel Industry building is partially set into the ground and is composed of two extended floors out of the ground level and a vault under.

The Cabel Industry building is partially set into the ground

Along the main front, the façade is secured by a long strip of public landscaping running parallel to the ground.

the front facade and public landscaping

Visitors can access the building through the ground level where there are three suspended bridges launched on a large excavation.

three suspended bridges launched on a large excavation

The bridges highlight the vault designed to house exposition and art installations. During night time, the empty space becomes a lighting pool that raises architecture from the ground.

The bridges highlight the vault

On the underground floor, there’s a printing facility and other spaces for different types of activity. The ground has all different types of glazed spaces, from open plan spaces to small isolated cells. The curving building shells, windows, and entrance gaps combined with the furniture decoration offer the same basic stylistic design.

the groundfloor spaces for varying activities

The first floor houses the management space with a small internal patio and terrace in-between them. The distributional stairs and elevators will lead you to the middle section where it is dominated by stone tiles with steel elevators.

the management space on the first floor

the look of small patio

At daytime, colored glass showcases liquid chromatic effects inside the building, while during nighttime, the colored glass cuts project out strong lighting effects, emphasizing the cuts, holes, and shapes of the building.

colored glass during daytime

colored glass nightime

Meanwhile, the entire roof of the building uses a system of photovoltaic solar panels with amorphous polycrystalline technology. It is positioned in such a way so that it is invisible to the eye. Due to this system, the building is almost completely self-sufficient from an energy standpoint.

a system of photovoltaic solar panels with amorphous polycrystalline technology for the roof