The architectural design of the industrial building conceived by the Rómulo Neto Architects LDA studio is inspired by the company's main activity, the production of bakery and pastry machinery. The facade has a honeycomb motif that recalls the dough used in the production of bread and cakes.
The interior of the building is divided into different sectors to optimize organization and production. Ferneto SA's architecture represents a marriage of form and function, creating an efficient and inspiring work environment.
The concept of the building was created taking into account the main activity of the company, namely the production of bakery and pastry machines that produce dough for bread and cakes. This was the idea behind the composition of our facade. We observed that the impasto had a honeycomb pattern and decided to implement this in the 'fabrication' of the facade design.
The three most important spaces in the main building jut out on the alveoli: the training room that protrudes into the void, the snap entrance and the meeting room, with a rotation in shape, so as to integrate visually and with the position of the old structures of the factory.
As for the structure of the internal space, it was developed from an existing matrix, given that the company has been operating in the market for about 40 years. This factor was crucial in optimizing/organizing the plant.
We can characterize the project in 6 nuclear sectors: 1st Sector: Administrative Area, 2nd Sector: Production Area, 3rd Sector: Storage Area, 4th Sector: Finished Products Warehouse, 5th Sector: Shipping and Reception Area of Raw Materials, 6th Sector: Turning, Milling, Welding and Painting Area.
The Ferneto SA building represents an example of architectural design inspired by the company's activity and product. The facade with the honeycomb motif recalls the dough used for the production of bread and cakes, creating a visual and conceptual link with the company's main activity.
Internally, the structure has been organized efficiently, taking into account the company's long experience in the sector. The different sectors of the building have been designed to optimize production and logistics, allowing for an efficient flow of materials and finished products.
The administrative area represents the heart of the company, where the organizational and decision-making aspects are managed. The production area is where the bakery and pastry machines are made, while the storage area houses the materials and components needed for production. The Finished Goods Warehouse is dedicated to storing completed machinery, ready for shipment to customers.
The raw materials shipping and receiving area is a crucial entry point for the company, as it represents the connection with the suppliers and the arrival of the materials necessary for production. Finally, the turning, milling, welding and painting area is where the machining and finishing operations of the metal parts of the machines are carried out.
The architectural design of the Ferneto SA building stands out for its functionality and coherence with the company's activity. The decision to incorporate the alveolar motif into the façade not only gives it a unique and aesthetically pleasing appearance, but also represents a visual metaphor for the production of impasto. This marriage of form and function creates a recognizable visual identity for the company.
The internal structure of the building has been designed in a strategic way, optimizing the spaces and facilitating the workflow. The division into distinct sectors allows efficient management of the various phases of the production process. The administrative area offers an organized and functional environment for the management of the company, while the production area is designed to ensure efficient production of bakery and pastry machines.
The storage area provides adequate space for storing the materials and components needed for production, ensuring easy access and optimal organisation. The finished products warehouse is designed to allow for proper storage of completed machines, facilitating their identification and transport for shipment.
The raw materials shipping and receiving area has been designed to simplify the procurement process of the materials needed for production. This space serves as a crucial entry and exit point, allowing for a smooth flow of both incoming and outgoing materials and products.
Finally, the turning, milling, welding and painting area represents an important machining center for the metal parts of the machines. This area has been designed to offer a safe and functional environment, equipped with the necessary equipment to carry out precision machining and guarantee the quality of the final product.
In conclusion, the Ferneto SA building designed by Rómulo Neto Architects LDA represents an example of architectural design that integrates harmoniously with the business and needs of the company. The facade inspired by the alveolar motif and the subdivision of the internal spaces into functional sectors testify to the attention to detail and the optimization of the production processes. This project is an example of how architecture can marry functionality and create an efficient and inspiring work environment.
Project Name: Ferneto SA
Architecture Workshop: Rómulo Neto Architects LDA
Responsible architect: Romulo De Almeida Neto
Location: Industrial Area of Vagos
Year of completion: 2022
Total built area (m2): 13 396.50M2
Construction: Lomboser Sa
Eng. José Lopes
Eng. João Pedro festas
Eng. Ligia Santos
Eng. Norberto Presa
Interior decorations: Rómulo Neto Arquitetos LDA
Photographer: Ivo Tavares Studio