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.
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.
Along the main front, the façade is secured by a long strip of public landscaping running parallel to the ground.
Visitors can access the building through the ground level where there are 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.
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 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.
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.
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.