When you envision beautiful structures, you probably won’t think of electrical substations. Who will? But the new Terna station created by Pierattelli Architetture recently won an award for its innovative design, inspired by the natural beauty of the Tuscan countryside.
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The project is a power conversion substation paying homage to its stunning location. It is carefully designed to blend in with the different colors of the natural landscape surrounding it. The project is for Terna, a utility company that manages the high-voltage and high-voltage national grid in the home Italy. The Terna substation is part of an ongoing effort to modernize the electrical connection between Sardinia, Corsica and the Italian peninsula.
Pierattelli Architetture is one of many companies that have attempted the monumental task of designing a power substation to honor and complement Tuscany’s natural landscape. Pierattelli Architetture’s project was chosen for its innovative methods of design industry The building will not become an eyesore for the idyllic area.
The building will be constructed with many modular sides made of terracotta, a local and traditional material, will be fastened to steel cables. The modular design creating an exterior texture that demonstrates the different sizes and tones of terracotta bricks. The gates and walls will be covered with rust-colored paint, a resonance of local soil and rock. The substation will also be surrounded by native trees, such as cypress, olive and pine. New trees will be planted around the fence and along the path to the substation.
“Beauty has to be a shared value and something we really strive to achieve, even in industrial architecture. This is especially true in a country like Italy, which has such a long history and stunning landscapes, ”said Massimo Pierattelli, founder of Pierattelli Architetture.
The building is illuminated by recesses Led light arranged on the light strip shining on top. This creates a dramatic feel that shows striking lines on the facade. Among the groups of olive trees there will also be lights to show off the beauty of the landscape.
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