Incuboxx – The Business Incubator, Timisoara

INCUBOXX is a council building meant for young graduates who want to start a business within the IT&C sector. For this reason, the building is equipped to serve firms in two business stages: the incubation stage (3 years) and the consolidation-development stage (2 years). Exhibition spaces, conference rooms, a cafeteria, a gym, a climbing wall and a terrace are all at any young business man’s disposal at INCUBOXX. As a result, the colour and material selection for the design is inspired by two main concepts: youth and sustainability.
The design follows landscaping principles: the artificially folded land integrates the slope of the train track and rises the ground floor. The blue translucent skin, which changes its colour during the day and glows during the night is made from polycarbonate. Reminding of a circuit board, it is mounted on the horizontal structural grid which expresses itself through the horizontality of the windows.  READ MORE

Incuboxx – The Business Incubator, Timisoara

INCUBOXX is a council building meant for young graduates who want to start a business within the IT&C sector. For this reason, the building is equipped to serve firms in two business stages: the incubation stage (3 years) and the consolidation-development stage (2 years). Exhibition spaces, conference rooms, a cafeteria, a gym, a climbing wall and a terrace are all at any young business man’s disposal at INCUBOXX. As a result, the colour and material selection for the design is inspired by two main concepts: youth and sustainability.
The design follows landscaping principles: the artificially folded land integrates the slope of the train track and rises the ground floor. The blue translucent skin, which changes its colour during the day and glows during the night is made from polycarbonate. Reminding of a circuit board, it is mounted on the horizontal structural grid which expresses itself through the horizontality of the windows.

The interior atrium is the element that supplies light and ventilation to the core of the building. For the rentable office space, the windows provide both the optimum air exchange and natural lighting, while the translucent polycarbonate facade filters and optimizes the light levels. At ground level, the vertical systematisation within the landscape allows for the car park to be hidden from view, covered by the land and also naturally ventilated. Additionally, the folded landscape and intensive planting creates a microclimate in which the air movement is controlled in order to keep a stable temperature around the building during the summer while also protecting the interior space from traffic noise. INCUBOXX is a cost-effective building due to two main aspects: it was cheaper to build and it has lower running costs than other office buildings in Timisoara. The construction budget was met through substituting the typical glass facade with a more efficient and cost-effective material: the multilayered heavily insulated polycarbonate. Moreover, because the running costs needed to be as low as possible for the newly graduate tenants, the design revolves around renewable energy principles. Agood example is the office space, where the windows exclude the need for artificial ventilation, while the translucent polycarbonate provides filtered natural light.

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Architect: Ioan Andreescu, Dan M. Munteanu

Colaborator: Szabo Andrea Katalin, Dan Damian, Alexandru Malaescu, Iulia Fratila, Mihai Ungur, Paul Carabas, Ligia Stafie

Location: Timisoara, Romania

Structural engineering: T.H.M. Plus

Total built area: 6311 sqm

Photography: Ovidiu Micsa

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