Category: Commercial Design | Award: 1st Price


Nestled in the wooded hills of Vicenza, tvzeb was conceived to feature a new environmentally-sound architecture studio.
The goal was to develop a low-impact building that blended into the surrounding natural setting and exemplified the visual, renewable energy and user well-being. The building’s form and direction were designed on the views and simulations aimed at capturing the seasonal variants of temperature and sunlight to enhance building performance. Its structure was manufactured in parts made from recyclable and/or recycled materials that can be dismantled according to the concept of potential reversibility. Tvzeb will be entirely powered by internal energy sources (wood combustion, solar and geothermal energies) which will render the building completely self-sufficient, thereby fulfilling the European Directive 2010/31/EU that prescribes all new public buildings from 2020 to be zero-energy buildings.

Location: Costabissara (VI), Italy
Total Cost: 400.000 €
Plot Area: 150 m2
Total Plot Area: 5300 m2

traverso-vighy architetti
Giovanni Traverso, Paola Vighy with Giulio Dalla Gassa, Elena Panza