LIGHT ON THE TRACK
SCHOOL FOR SAFE DRIVING ACI - SARA
Where today Italy’s largest shopping centre will arise, years ago legendary automobiles were manufactured. With the recovery of the Alfa Romeo runway in 2015, the school for safe driving of ACI SARA in Lainate along with other initiatives in the automotive orbit was established: a layout of 1.500 meters where to learn the importance of security with safe driving courses and to attend events and performances all related the the motor world. The recovery project has been entrusted to the architect Michele De Lucchi.
The structure is divided in two buildings, made of a central prefabricated block in reinforced concrete and an outer skin in laminated timberlines with glass and metal panels. In view of its specific conformation, Michele de Lucchi’s concept plans to have a 1:1 ratio between architecture and transparency. An extremely imposing shape, yet light and bright is the result of the composition of rigid shapes outlining a sinuous course. The design of the outer skin reminds the flying flag at the start and at the finish of a Grand Prix.
The target lied in highlighting the particular chequered conformation of the buildings during the night, for they are an evocative theme of the motor world. The lighting concept wanted to design a cascade of light that ought to highlight the material lining, generating a striking effect and a uniform illumination. The linear floodlight (Linear Cornicione) fixed to the upper profile of the façade, allowed this effect highlighting a game of luminous voids and fullness.
The lighting of the architecture does not stop at the lining of the building, but covers also two areas of great functional importance. In the large square used for exhibition real memorabilia of the automotive world are on display: the cars, parked one next to the other, shine under the Focus floodlights that increase the value with the diffusing illumination and thus making the cars even more attractive to the eyes of the visitors.
At the upper part the building is overlooked by an extended open gallery porch that covers panoramic terraces from where the surroundings and the track can be observed. This area is dedicated to events, elegant receptions relevant to the world of the four wheels: to illuminate this area the lighting designers have chosen the soft light of Look dual emission that with its beam highlights the refined laminated structure.
Safe driving track ACI - SARA
- LOCATION: Lainate - Milano (Italy)
- ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT: Michele De Lucchi
- LIGHTING PROJECT: Simes Spa