Green façades perfectly integrated into the surrounding area

To keep the ecological footprint as little as possible, to search for a technologically advanced overall solution and to achieve the harmonious integration into the surrounding region - these were the key aspects of the architectonic concept.

Sustainability is one of the major goals of Coop and all relevant strategies are based on this important pillar. Focus is placed on the preservation of biological diversity, sustainable products, traceability of supply chains, environmental and climate protection, and social commitment for all employees. The new Coop market of the Lombardy Group located in the Via Cecilio in Como was also established in line with this basic philosophy and plans were designed by the architects TP4 Associati. For ecological reasons, this new supermarket was therefore exactly built on the available premises of a former car dealer without any additional building development.

The supermarket’s commitment to sustainability is perfectly visible from the distance, when approaching this technologically and ecologically state-of-the art supermarket.

With its green façades - covered by some 1,000 m² of vertically planted lichens, grass, and moss - the architects in charge and Rubner Holzbau have reintroduced a part of the forest into the city. The visitor is guided to the 2,500 m² large sales areas through this greened entrance and via a spacious gallery, which is the architectonically dominating feature of this shopping centre.

The entrance gallery is fully made of timber. The supporting structure is made of glued laminated timber in larch, roof and wall elements have been implemented by using universal panels. Timber as construction material remains therefore visible, both inside the gallery and outside. Thanks to the structural and technological solutions applied, the gallery may resist all weather impacts and handle the most different and adverse climatic conditions thus scoring with high stability.

Rubner Holzbau Bressanone was charged with the elaboration of the execution design, the fabrication and assembly concept, pre-fabrication of all timber elements as well as delivery and assembly of all construction elements including roof covering and sheet metal works.

Project details

Completion 2020

Building owner COOP Lombardia, Milan (IT)

Client Redal Srl, Saronno (IT)

Architects Studio TP4 Associati, Cantù (IT)

Roof elements 1.300 m², panel dimensions 2.5 x 12 m, R60

Wall and façade elements 1.500 m², panel dimensions 2.0 x 8.2 m, R60

Glulam 200 m³ in spruce (visual quality), 200 m³ in larch

„We could not have opted for any other material than timber to build the gallery. Rubner Holzbau with its sustainable production chain was clearly the right choice for the implementation of this project idea.”

Arch. Giorgio Motta, Studio TP4 Associati