Banca Popolare di Lodi

  • Lodi

  • 1999

  • Photos: D. Domenicali

The new Banca Popolare of Lodi headquarters, placed near the railway station of the Lombard city, houses ancient and new materials such as fired brick, glass, steel and aluminium.
In this way, while Renzo Piano Building Workshop used the fired brick with innovative conceptions and functions, Focchi’s support allowed the integration of other elements to complete the architectural whole.


  • Thermal break windows

  • Bullet proof glass curtain walling

The technology

The large floor glazings, realised with thermal break aluminium profiles, contain the invisible opening vents and the external roller blinds, operated by means of sun/ wind power device.
The profile shape was designed in co-operation with the Architect taking into consideration both the aesthetic and the technical details: for example the floor transom has become, by means of suitable workings, a ventilation opening for the air conditioning system.
In order to comply with the security requirements of the bank, at the ground floor bullet proof profiles and glass were used, both in the fix and openable glazings.
Focchi has been certified with UNI EN ISO 9001 by DNV, consequently the whole work processing, i.e. design, production and installation, was carried out under quality control.


Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW)

He was born in Genoa in 1937 into a family of builders. He graduated in 1964 from the Polytechnic of Milan. He is among the world best known and active architects i, winner of the Pritzker been delivered by U.S. President Bill Clinton at the White House in 1998. He also won other prestigious awards including: Imperial Award 1995, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2000 and the Sonning Prize in 2008. In 1971, he set up the “Piano & Rogers” office in London together with Richard Rogers, with whom he won the competition for the Centre Pompidou. From the early 1970s to the 1990s he worked with the engineer Peter Rice, sharing the Atelier Piano & Rice. In 1981 The “Renzo Piano Building Workshop” was established, with 150 staff and offices in Paris, Genoa and New York. In 1994 he won the international competition for the new Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, inaugurated in 2002. In 2004 he fulfills the Church of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo. In 2006 he became the first Italian posted by TIME in the list of 100 most influential people in the world and among the ten most important in the world in the category of art and entertainment. In 2008, after nearly ten years of design and work, it’s inaugurated the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, one of the most sustainable buildings in the world for the high quality of the selected building materials