Located in Naples, the Vulcano Buono commercial centre is an incredible example of engineering, architecture and energy efficiency co-existing in harmony. Adjacent to the real volcano, it hosts 160 shops, 20 restaurants, a supermarket, a 9 screen cinema, plus a 158 room four star hotel.
The structure consists of a vegetation covered concrete, steel and glass complex conceived by Renzo Piano, the renowned contemporary architect. Originally the application provided a number of design and engineering challenges, not least the
scale and shape of the building – an enormous 170 x 40 meter asymmetrical cone structure, comprising multiple levels and green sloping roof.