International architecture and design studio designs the interior design of Ludoil Energy's head offices

The design of workplaces has evolved over time and traditional office architecture has lost the precise codification it had always had, replaced by fluid, shared spaces designed to change form and function, incorporating representative activities and operational needs, favouring concepts with multiple approaches. Contemporary workspaces are increasingly configured as hybrids, shared and with a special focus on green both in terms of sustainability and in the sense of vegetable greenery, changing their stylistic signature from places to work to places to live. In line with these new trends is the De.Tales studio, author of an architectural intervention inside The Medelan in Milan.



Working becomes living

"Working becomes living, inside the Ludoil presidency offices: the compositional approach to the project, of residential inspiration but destined for the office context, has defined the genetics of the spaces, enhancing the style and sobriety of Milan and its interiors, but also the dynamism of an energy group in Italy," explain Igor Rebosio and Giuseppe Varsavia, design director and managing director of the De.Tales architecture studio.

A dual integrated approach

On the third floor of The Medelan, one of the most important historical buildings in the city, an architecture dating back to 1901 and originally designed by architects Luigi Broggi and Cesare Nava, is the company's headquarters. In its approximately 900 square metres of interior space plus 130 square metres of outdoor area, it has incorporated representative activities and operational needs, favouring a dual integrated approach concept.

Between classical matrix and contemporary minimal

The first approach, of classical matrix, rooted in the Milanese context of late 19th/early 20th century residential architecture, reinterprets the typological characteristics of the interiors of the period; the second, defined as contemporary minimal, plays with volumes, solids and voids, proposing an architecture with an essential and elegant style.

Lines, materials, technologies

The result is a mix of tradition and modernity in which lines, materials and cutting-edge technology echo deep blue tones and finishes that play with marble, mirrored-effect metal surfaces, bronzed steel, glass and cannulated wood.

Milanese interiors from the turn of the 20th century

The space is articulated with an architectural taste reminiscent of Milanese interiors from the turn of the 20th century: patterned parquet flooring, Canaletto walnut walls, natural stone and marble, and glass with a cannulated finish that with its semi-transparencies gives privacy but allows light to envelop the rooms.

The reception area

The openness of the reception area refers to the architecture of large bourgeois residential entrances, with sculptural elements designed for the desk and the waiting area. The corridor is a supporting axis and a distributive element reinterpreted as an art gallery.

Alternating closed and open spaces

The alternation of closed and open spaces punctuates the architecture in common areas and offices, meeting rooms, an area dedicated to the CEO (with a private meeting room, a living area and an operations area), in a sequence interspersed with furnishings inspired by private residences, including sober lounges with luminous accents mixed with the ultramarine blue hues of the walls. It is precisely blue, the institutional colour of Ludoil Energy, that interprets the idea of discreet elegance that the spaces want to communicate.

Green areas

Green, intended as a design element for outdoor areas and as a decorative element for indoor spaces, play the role of interpreter of the brand's sustainable component, which aims at a strategy that integrates green investments with managed assets, contributing to the energy transition path.

Photo: Helenio Barbetta