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L’ARCA INTERNATIONAL | 07-16

L’ARCA INTERNATIONAL | N° 131 |  FRANCIA-ITALIA | ARVAL HEADQUARTER

The new Arval headquarters at Scandicci combines architectural form, technological innovation, environmental and social sustainability. Arval is a leading company in long-term vehicle leasing, and its new headquarters had to be in line with the sustainable philosophy which distinguishes the firm. So the “Saetta fotovoltaica” or “Photovoltaic lightning bolt” came into being: a building that is a strong landmark in the area. The “Saetta” employs the most efficient and innovative sources of renewable energy, with photovoltaic and geothermal systems making it self-sufficient for energy. Furthermore, the building is Energy Class A and produces zero emissions. The large glazed strips which thrust outwards from the facade contribute to the creation of an internal greenhouse effect, which captures as much indirect light as possible. The 7000-plus m2 of offices and public space are arranged around a central north-south axis, giving the various spaces optimum orientation. The entire structure is covered by large external photovoltaic sections, with a surface area of special flexible and highly efficient photovoltaic panels fixed on a light steel framework and integrated with the panels of the roof of the building.