Italians have a knack for design, and Matteo Thun is no exception! A world-renowned architect, interior designer, and product designer, Thun and his firm, Matteo Thun & Partners, continue to thrive on speed and flexibility, powered by an international team of about 50 architects, interior designers, stylists, product designers, and graphics designers.
The firm recently paid tribute to Hugo Boss, symbolically telling the icon’s textile history with its design of the company’s headquarters in Switzerland. The building spans 14,460 square meters and features public areas, conference rooms, a showroom, and offices for over 300 people. Beauty then takes over functionality as a large and sun-filled atrium forms the hub-like center of the spaces, and the entry surrounds visitors with vertical, mirrored sheets, capturing a cascading stream of water. This clean-lined building of glass, steel, and concrete is softened considerably by a large and rounded basket-like form of diamond-latticed larch wood, stretched over its form like the point of a suspended boomerang.
Thun and his team relied on Vectorworks Architect software to devise an innovative solution for the space’s requirements, rapidly creating and updating plans, sections, details, furniture drawings, lighting, electrical, and reflected ceiling plans from conceptual design through final executive drawings. By dividing the layers of the building, he was able to define building levels and use classes to note thicknesses and objects. For the interior design, he used custom layer standards to define walls, floors, lighting, electrical elements, ceilings, doors, furniture, and more—and then used classes to define the thickness and properties of the lines.
In addition to the technical efficiency of the software, says Thun, “Vectorworks is very helpful for the final graphic result. With Vectorworks we achieve a final presentation that is also very technical. Moreover, it immediately makes the proposed styling, materials, and color visible, giving a clear view of the project’s mood and style.”