A world leader in artificial intelligence and self-driving vehicles, Vislab started as a University of Parma start-up company. After its acquisition by the multinational Ambarella, a new headquarter building was enquired. In partnership with a general contractor, Ergodomus got the project’s part of its design and construction. The cost proved to be an important factor, requiring a highly innovative solution to ensure that the new building could be constructed within the available budget, a challenge made more complicated by its seismic zone location (Parma).
The 3.5 storey building is entirely made from CLT and Glulam. The 8m-span, T-shaped floor slabs are a hybrid of these two engineered timber products, prefabricated offsite using variably spaced screws to save time and money. Building services run through the webs, enabling reductions in slab thickness and weight and avoiding the use of a concrete screed. A Glulam bracing system sits behind the glazed facade with elastomers permitting movement between the two. 14cm thick recyclable cork panels are used to form the building’s external cladding. Building assembly took just four weeks.