Dark and refined plant species
The new headquarters of Chromavis, company specialising in the research and production of pigments for cosmetics, is an imposing black mineral that emerges from the earth. Frassinago designed the greenery as a horizon of rest for the eye. Slivers of light ply the surface of the building, letting the vegetation that surrounds it be seen as if successive photograms. Groves of oak (Quercus palustris) and Parrotia persica will be planted at the top of small dunes: a softly undulated landscape, created to distance itself and provide protection from the industrial district. But they also make the appearance of the angular and prismatic lines of the architecture even more surprising.
The garden thus conceived will enter into the building, crossed by courtyards to illuminate the work spaces. A luminosity however mitigated by the presence of refined and dark plant species: sculptural maples (Acer palmatum “Bloodgood”) at whose base will grow the black tufts of Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens and the Heuchera with its jagged reddish-purple leaves.A hanging terrace will be the landscape for the offices that will welcome the guests, invited to follow the development of the products. On the other side of the window they will find a screen of green shadows: a suspended forest, again with oak and parrotia persica, which will follow the sinuous movement of the surrounding park.