MERVILLE CASA NEL PARCO
Merville Casa Nel Parco
Merville is a redevelopment plan which is based on the quality of life conceived as harmony between man and nature. This is the philosophy of its architect, Gonçalo Byrne, who has merged architecture with nature using careful, rational and muted design. The buildings communicate with the place they slot into effortlessly and without visual hype. There is a reciprocal exchange between what is natural and what is artificial. Impressions, geometrical shapes and even materials are taken from the site in a harmonious, seamless continuity.
The relationship with nature is confirmed by the involvement of the landscape architect, Joao Ferreira Nunes – his project also contributes to the indissoluble bond between nature and architecture as dictated by the rural tradition of this area which is given a contemporary twist. The Merville complex lies in a 50,000 m2 pine forest divided in two by Viale Oriente: the area on the sea front covers 28,000 m2 and contains buildings and private gardens whereas the other area covering 22,000 m2 is a public park.
The development plan includes a 25-storey glass panelled tower block with 83 residential units, 3 4-storey buildings with a total of 60 apartments, a business area on Viale Oriente, an underground car park for 225 cars and 143 basements, 3 swimming pools including one heated, one with water features, saunas, showers, changing rooms, a relaxation area and a condominium gym.
Eco sustainability and energetic saving
Merville uses three sources of alternative energy: geothermics, photovoltaic elements and heat recovery which supply electricity to the communal parts of the complex and, when combined with radiant ceiling panels, can be used to heat or cool the building with significant savings in condominium bills.
The photovoltaic panels allow to satisfy the needs of part of the condominium users, as an example: groups of refrigeration, swimming pools, lighting system of common areas, lighting system of the park, ensuring a significant reduction of the costs for the owners of the single apartments. In fact during the summer, period of maximum consumption, the electric power produced by the photovoltaic panels will be entirely absorbed by the technological systems in common, while during the winter the surplus of energy will be yielded to the service provider (Enel), and it will turn into billing reductions.
Temperature and humidity can be controlled in each room by a sophisticated system that recycles and purifies air 24 hours a day. Comfort is ensured by sound insulation based on soundproofing systems applied to floors, ceilings, walls, doors and windows. The thermal and acoustic insulations of the apartments are realized with suitable materials: polystyrene, glass wool, cork, rubber and similar materials, which ensure the necessary thickness and density and guarantees the level of cohibentation foreseen by the Law and a high energetic saving. The acoustic isolation among the various plans will be realized with phono-insulating materials between ceiling and pavement and between ceiling and counterceiling. Furthermore there will be an insulating layer at the basis of the dividing walls so as to to avoid whichever ’acoustic bridge“. The final qualitative level will be guaranteed after verifications and tests executed during the works and at the end of them.
Independent Heating and Cooling Systems
The independent heating-warming systems are made inserting pipages for the circulation of the thermovector liquids (cooled or heated water) between the ceiling and the drywalls. So the direct air jets are eliminated, as well the unaesthetic presence of the radiators and the characteristic noise of the split. The air conditioning and the dehumidification of every single room will be homogenous and the installation of the systems on the ceiling will allow to increase the yield and to speed up the response times, because the irradiating surface is wider on the ceiling than on the floor, which area is often limited by the house furnishings. The thermovector liquids are produced in appropriate condo stations that concur energetic saving, a great safety and the respect of the environment.