AN OUTSTANDING PAST PROPELLED INTO THE FUTURE
Kennedy 20 is undergoing an ambitious renovation that reinterprets the historic building in a contemporary tone. The renewal includes an upgrade of heating and cooling plants, restoration of high quality decorative elements, and improvements to outdoor areas and terraces. Each room allows for an efficient and flexible organization of space, providing for open-space or modular office plans according to specific needs.
The overall goal of the renovation plan is to satisfy a full range of workspace needs, providing highly prestigious office and/or retail space re-interpreted based on the most up-to-date requirements. The space offers multiple possibilities for division: ten stairwells and associated elevators as well as the option of converting certain building entrances for exclusive use combine to permit a tailor-made, personalized use of the space. There is also a wide range of options for layouts and fit-outs, thanks to extremely modular floor areas and diverse space typologies.
In greater detail, work currently being completed includes structural and architectural interventions as well as internal systems renovations. The facades are in an excellent state of conservation and window and door fixtures, blinds and original lighting fixtures located under the arcade vaults are being carefully restored. The building still boasts a number of original doors and windows characterized by different shapes, opening systems and materials. Particular attention is being paid to the main courtyard: ongoing interventions are designed to recover and restore its marble cladding, paving and central basin and planter. Works carried out on the lateral courtyards will permit the expansion of the underground parking area.
In the interiors, the original project called for high value flooring of different shapes and sizes that are currently being recovered and restored. Non-original flooring is being removal and replaced with materials appropriate to the stature of the building. In the same manner, work on the building’s internal systems includes substitution of the lowered ceilings with elements that enhance the architectural qualities of the space.
Additional interventions include restoration of the main and secondary building entrances, as well as enhancement of the stairways and their original elements (handrails in wood and iron, steps and frames in marble), including through installation of an appropriate lighting system.
Last but not least, the panoramic rooftop terrace has been renovated, adding further value to the building.