The Park will also constitute a EU model of eco-sustainability, as the new 5.000 sq.mts. Open Media Cluster headquarters inside the Park will be EU 1st office or commercial building in Europe which will be Zero Emission, Off-Grid and Food-Autonomous, and with zero overall carbon emissions from employees’ commuting, through neiborhood-wide innovative carpooling initiatives. Off-grid and Zero Emission plans will refer to Bullitt Center building in Seattle. The Park will also in general have 1-to-1 ratio of buildings and green areas, 100% recycling, 50% less consumption than comparable modern buildings.
The architectural and landscape designs of the Park are developed around existing trees – which are all preserved and made available to citizens in a linear, 2 hectares equipped public park with a 1-to-1 ratio between built and green spaces, unlike the 1-to-20 ratio production in the surrounding industrial area (see video).
The Park also implements a 100% differentiated waste collection system and requires only 50% of the energy consumed by comparable facilities in the Rome area. TheTrustless Computing, whose spaces amount to 3/4000 sqmt., will be housed in Zero Impact buildings as certified by Azzero CO2, a Legambiente company. VAS and SIP have been already prepared by the engineers of the Region with the most specific experience.
Urban and landscape design are directed by architect Cristina Tullio, President of the Lazio Association of Landscape Architects. The project does not need any exmption from the local zoning laws and landscape plans. It is outside the Park of Veii, or any other area defined as special from the landscape or environmental point of view.
The project is subject to minor requirements that mandate that it “ensures the continuity of the environmental system surrounding the area free from construction works, and after preparation of a Study of Insertion in the Landscape (SIP)”. According to the law, the size of the project requires a Strategic Environmental Assessment (VAS) , while the Region can decide, at its own discretion, to determine whether or not a Verification of Environmental Impactt (“VAS”) must be performed. Here are the only PTPR requirements directly affecting the area on which the Open Media Park will be built. Anticipating and overcoming any possible, additional landscape-related requirement.
The Open Media Park will be built in a highly urbanized area, within the lot that separates the Formello Productive Area from the Cassia Bis freeway.
This will be an eco-friendly architectural and landscape work featuring recycling, energy saving solutions and zero impact buildings with a built vs green spaces of 1:1, instead of 1:20 as in the surrounding industrial area. The buildings will be developed around existing trees, which will all be preserved and made available in the form of an equipped public park.
Analysis, design and landscape placement study (here in pdf format, here as web slides) have been directed by architect Cristina Tullio, President of the Lazio Association of Landscape Architects. The area is located in a key position between the Productive Area of Formello and Cassia Bis, the high traffic panoramic road that runs through the Park of Veii. The relationship of the architectural environment with the environmental context is an important responsibility and opportunity of “redefinition” of the landscape, especially for the part of the lot bordering the Cassia Bis.
From a landscaping point of view, the project starts just by defining the peripheral “borders” of the area. Such are “green” buildings, ie characterized by vegetable, sustainable facades and roof perimeters, which close an internal complex structured along the natural morphological axis of the the Etruscan tunnels system – which innervates 3 acres of public parks – and pedestrian facilities, micro air-conditioned with water games effects and tree systems that face the architectural structures, organic and sustainable, in order to pursue the best possible integration with the landscape and morphology of the place.
From an environmental perspective, the project will implement a number of design features for energy saving, as well as numerous power generation facilities including significant photovoltaic surfaces. We are also sttudying the implementation of power generators based on geothermal, co- generation or biomass systems. These features will be enhanced in the buildings dedicated to training. The consequence will be the creation of the first Zero Impact Innovation Centre in Italy, the 4,000+ sqmt Trustless Computing, as certified by AzzeroCO2, a Legambiente company. Thanks to bio-architecture techniques and implementation of environmentally sustainable management criteria, all the most innovative measures to reduce energy consumption and noise will be taken. Particular attention will be paid to savings, depuration and reuse of water.
In addition to allowing fruition and observation of the precious system of underground Etruscan aqueducts, the Open Media Park will make it possible to protect and enhance the plants, wildlife and local valleys and hydric system. These aqueducts, being present everywhere in the countryside of Formello, have never been preserved or enhanced by the other construction projects of the Formello Productive Area. Thanks to the Park, they will not only be preserved, but also enhanced for guided tours within the park facilities. A new water axis, parallel to the historical Etruscan one which runs throughout the park, will allow outdoor micro-climate control and water recycling, as well as the scenic and identity characterization of the public spaces (paths, gardens and squares) that will connect the buildings. Long term community health and high levels of environmental sustainability will be assured. With the cooperation of the adjacent private hatchery, carefully planned ground covers will be built, in order to create strong micro-climate processes that, in addition to a more comfortable use of outdoor areas, will help to substantially reduce the energy demand for artificial air-conditioning in every season.
Garbage collection in the Park will be close to 100%. The construction materials will be chosen in order to guarantee, both during the construction works and during their future decay, high levels of environmental sustainability. Local and/or recycled and recyclable materials will be chosen. The control of products and materials in the Park will be directed to minimize waste. The widespread distribution of curbside collection services for all the shops and other facilities inside the complex will achieve the goal of almost complete waste separation. Finally, the authorization process of the Park is following all the rules in force regarding the Environmental Assessment Evaluation(VAS/VIA). These requirements are currently applied and interpreted by Tecnoconsult International as an opportunity to increase overall levels of sustainability and not as a mere administrative obligation.