Vox Technology Park office building in Timisoara has received the highest distinction of the Union of Romanian Architects at the National Biennial of Architecture 2018. The building won the first place in the Civil Constructions Architecture section.
Vox Technology Park has become the first large-scale real estate project to receive the highest distinction from the Union of Architects in Romania at the event that is being held every two yeras, since 1994. Within the section were also nominated The Office in Cluj-Napoca, Aviatorilor 8 and BNT, both in Bucharest
Vox Technology Park is placed in an undeveloped area of the city where an edification process has just been started. Being the first building of its size to be erected in this ample undeveloped area, the main goal pursued when developing the project was to create a structure with a strong urban identity, a landmark.
The characteristic geometry of the construction site whose sides are in a 1/6 ratio together with the client’s need to make the most of the available land area generated the need to build on the entire buildable area and on the entire height allowed by the urban planning regulations for this location.
The maximum resulting container was coated by a transparent glass shell. Despite this transparent, ethereal cover, the volume still conveys a feeling of “massiveness”, which is not devoid of a certain poetry. Thus, by the aesthetics of facades we did not try to hide this massiveness but only to tame it, using it as a support for the white, elegant, rhythmic tracery which unifies the entire volumetric composition.
Vox Technology Park is an office building also intended for related functions. A car parking is located in the basement, the ground floor houses commercial spaces and the access lobbies for the office area, while the upper floors accommodate office spaces. On the 7th floor of the lower building volume, there is a food court area, conference halls, and a green landscaped terrace accessible to all building users.
The building structure, with the two types of current levels, 1100 sqm built area (floors 8-10) and 3500 sqm built area (floors 1-6), ensures a high level of functional flexibility, and is adequate for a large range of potential users, from small businesses to large corporations with extended requirements in terms of space and functional equipment.
On the staircase walls, with an area of about 3000 sqm, an original urban art project called “VOX Grafitti Wall Mural” was initiated. Each of the four artists invited to create within the project transposed, in a personal manner, a unique story whose purpose was to cancel the borders defined by the apparent concrete walls, providing the users with the opportunity to live the experience of an experimental art gallery, full of life and color, in an atypical space, usually seen as a collateral, unimportant area.
The building is BREEAM certified, and it has received, in the design stage, the Excellent rating, with the highest score obtained so far in Romania.