The Pecci Centre has doubled its exhibition space and restructured the original building, adding an archive and specialised library which will include over 50,000 volumes, an outdoor theatre, a cinema/auditorium, a performance space in the galleries, bookshop, restaurant and pub/bistro.
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The innovative design, by Maurice Nio, is reflected in its sustainable mechanical systems. At the heart of the plant room are two Climaveneta NECS-WQ 0512 water-cooled multi-purpose heat pumps, controlled by MANAGER 3000. The pumps can work in cooling only, heating only, and simultaneous heating and cooling mode, to satisfy the building’s needs all year round.
By choosing multi-purpose heat pumps for the production of both hot and cold water, the HVAC plant designers have selected a fully electric solution, turning down any non-renewable, fossil fuel based system. This kind of choice has been possible thanks to the availability, on the market, of reliable heat pumps, that can work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, even without a traditional boiler as back-up.
Dante di Carlo, HVAC plant designer at the Pecci Centre, said: “The multi-purpose heat pumps allow a simpler plant design, as they go beyond the traditional complexity of seasonal settings, heat pump-chiller, and when they produce simultaneous heating and cooling they exploit the waste energy (both heating and cooling), maximizing the building’s energy efficiency. This led to an advantage in terms of energy efficiency and then in savings on running costs.”
Thanks to the positive reaction to the first installation, the designers also planned a replacement of the old heating system in the original building with multi-purpose heat pumps. The first step was the refurbishment of the cinema/auditorium, where the autonomous HVAC system is based on a Climaveneta NECS-Q-0262 unit. In this case the designers selected an air source multi-purpose unit.
Climaveneta and the arts
The experience gained over 45 years and in several museum projects worldwide has enabled Climaveneta to offer the Pecci Centre the most suitable HVAC solution in terms of comfort, efficiency and sustainability. In any project involving museums it is also crucial to address noise, humidity, and temperature levels to protect the exhibited artwork. Institutions including like Museo del Bicentenario in Argentina, The City Arts Centre in UK, The Triana Museum of ceramic in Spain, The Natural History Museum in France and The Prada Foundation, Muse and Alfa Romeo Museum have all chosen Climaveneta as their partner for sustainable and efficient HVAC systems.