The shape of the eagle for the new Kortimed headquarters in Spain For an Italian company specialized in liquid food transportation, Pierattelli Architetture designs an innovative hub to set new quality standards on working environments Valencia, Spain – A contemporary headquarters that integrates all strategic, management, operational, logistic and symbolic functions in a single construction. This is the avant-garde Kortimed hub that the Florence firm Pierattelli Architetture has designed in the name of total quality: aesthetic, technical, engineering, operational and representative. Kortimed is an international leader in the tanker transport of liquid foodstuffs. Founded in 2005, with headquarters near Livorno (Italy), today Kortimed has an international distribution network of 1700 tankers transporting edible oils, wine, milk and fruit juices. Spain is the company’s first commercial venture abroad, a natural location for creating a hub to serve as a cornerstone on which to consolidate an intermodal transport network involving land, sea and rail transport between Europe and North Africa. Pierattelli Architetture has defined a project to satisfy all company functions, combining the needs of corporate branding with logistics, those of representation with production. The building interprets Kortimed’s eagle logo through a silhouette with a strong, fast profile. Two imposing 10-metre overhangs run around the body of the building, touching the ground at the back of the building and bringing to mind the wings of an eagle. The façade is structured in chequered modules with 1x1m panels marking a chromatic rhythm in a constant state of flux in its relationship with natural light. Large XLight tiles made by Porcelanosa were applied to prefabricated reinforced and variably sectioned concrete modules. The alternation of modules and the use of 5 different colourways – from white tip to blue tail – lend movement to the façade, at the same time recalling an eagle’s plumage. The entrance to the building is characterised by a triple height glass hall (where guests are welcomed by a Flap sofa by Edra) dominated by the iconic spiral staircase. This leads to a waiting room where the celebrated Tatlin sofa designed by Mario Cananzi and Roberto Semprini for Edra takes centre stage. The interior design work was developed with the idea of enhancing and extending the versatility of the rooms, giving them light and at the same time emphasising the open plan through the minimally-fixtured glass dividing walls. An important meeting room gives on to the triple volume and the floor also houses the executive rooms and two large office areas. About 600 sq.m. out of a total of 3,000 are dedicated to operational functions. Four wash bays and a latest generation purifier for the decontamination of waste water are dedicated to washing the tankers. Alongside the purifier, a secondary building with two upwards sloping façades serves as a workshop for vehicles under repair. Kortimed has chosen the port area of Valencia for its new headquarters, a strategic hub for the Intermodal Transport network involving land, sea and rail transport, which the company uses to offer its services throughout Europe.
-Load-bearing structure in steel with prefabricated panel infill in 1x1m cement clad with multicoloured 1x1m Porcelanosa ceramics
-Slanted roof finished with aluminium casing and 10m overhang at the tip
-Schuco exterior windows and doors
-Porcelanosa cladding for exteriors, interiors and hygienic facilities
-Flos lighting systems
-Circular lift in Fain glass
-Radiant panel heating (hall) and VRV system (offices)
-industrial wastewater treatment plant with 6 tanks
Facts & Figures
Client: Kortimed España SL
Location: Valencia (Spain)
Work dates: beginning of March 2017 end of December 2018
Project: Claudio Massimo and Andrea Pierattelli,
Dimensions of intervention: Lot area 12,500 sq.m., Covered surface area 3,000 sq.m., Volume 30,000 cu.m.
Photo: Diego Opazo
Alcalans Promotora SL (building contractors)
Sirte Impianti srl Elecnor SL (plants)
Omz srl (washing boilers)
Depur Padana Acque srl (decontamination plants)
Pierattelli Architetture Eclecticism, research and mutation are the cornerstones of Pierattelli Architetture’s work, a studio founded in Florence in the ‘80s by Massimo Pierattelli. Each piece of architecture is conceived as a taylor made creation, shaped not only around the client, but also around the context in which it is placed. Reinterpreting the past and imagining the future become, therefore, the main foundation of Pierattelli Architetture’s works and realizations. The projects of the studio, with almost 40 years of experience behind it, range from directional centres to large infrastructures, from hotels to houses, from industrial spaces to design. Among the most famous are: the Arval offices at Scandicci (Florence), the Learning Center, Auditorium and Turbine Building for GE Oil & Gas in Florence, the Kortimed business centre in Valencia, UnipolSai Villa Cicogna and Learning Center in Bologna, the luxury apartment hotels Domux Home, M7Contemporary Apartments and the hotel Number 9 in Florence, the Cariprato headquarters in Prato.