The new LUISS University learning center in Rome

The project, by Alvisi Kirimoto and Studio Gemma, follows high sustainability standards and is covered in kebony, an innovative alternative to classic hardwoods.

In the heart of the Paroli district, in Rome, Alvisi Kirimoto in collaboration with Studio Gemma has recently completed a new learning center at the LUISS Guido Carli University, which has obtained the LEED Platinum certification. The project, which completes the university spaces, will become the new focal point of life on the campus.

Developed on two levels, with a total area of 1,500 square meters, the project was built from scratch following the demolition of a former warehouse and is inspired by the surrounding greenery, with a style that is reminiscent of the classic tree house and creates a cozy and comfortable space for students.

On the ground floor there is the entrance, a classroom and several service areas, while on the upper floor there is a multipurpose amphitheater and two more classrooms. The structure has been designed to host both face-to-face and remote learning, and integrates the latest generation audiovisual conferencing systems.

The facade is clad in kebony, a material produced in Norway obtained by chemical process that changes the molecular structure of the wood, permanently changing its cell walls through furgurilic alcohol (obtained from vegetable waste), giving it mechanical and aesthetic characteristics typical of tropical hardwoods. The product does not require any surface treatment and its maintenance is minimal. And in terms of durability, stability and hardness it also exceeds teak. Over time its color changes from a dark brown hue to an elegant silver-gray color. In addition, kebony comes from sustainably managed forests and has a lower environmental impact than tropical woods usually used on the construction market.

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