Net Center

Padova
Height 79.9 m / 262 ft
Floors 20
Official Name
The current legal building name.

Net Center

Type
CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' A 'Building' is a structure where at least 50% of the height is occupied by usable floor area. A 'Telecommunications / Observation Tower' is a structure where less than 50% of the structure's height is occupied by usable floor area. Only 'Buildings' are eligible for the CTBUH 'Tallest Buildings' lists.

Building

Status
Completed
Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
Proposed
On Hold
Never Completed
Vision
Competition Entry
Canceled
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Renovated
Under Demolition
Demolished

Completed

Completion

2010

Country
The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of Country, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

Italy

City
The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of City, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

Padova

Function
A single-function tall building is defined as one where 85% or more of its usable floor area is dedicated to a single usage. Thus a building with 90% office floor area would be said to be an "office" building, irrespective of other minor functions it may also contain.

A mixed-use tall building contains two or more functions (or uses), where each of the functions occupy a significant proportion of the tower's total space. Support areas such as car parks and mechanical plant space do not constitute mixed-use functions. Functions are denoted on CTBUH "Tallest Building" lists in descending order, e.g., "hotel/office" indicates hotel function above office function.

office / hotel

Structural Material
Steel
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel. Note that a building of steel construction with a floor system of concrete planks or concrete slab on top of steel beams is still considered a “steel” structure as the concrete elements are not acting as the primary structure.

Reinforced Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from concrete which has been cast in place and utilizes steel reinforcement bars.

Precast Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system are constructed from steel reinforced concrete which has been precast as individual components and assembled together on-site.

Mixed-Structure
Utilizes distinct systems (e.g. steel, concrete, timber), one on top of the other. For example, a steel/concrete indicates a steel structural system located on top of a concrete structural system, with the opposite true of concrete/steel.

Composite
A combination of materials (e.g. steel, concrete, timber) are used together in the main structural elements. Examples include buildings which utilize: steel columns with a floor system of reinforced concrete beams; a steel frame system with a concrete core; concrete-encased steel columns; concrete-filled steel tubes; etc. Where known, the CTBUH database breaks out the materials used in a composite building’s core, columns, and floor spanning separately.

concrete

Height
Architectural
Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

79.9 m / 262 ft

To Tip
Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest point of the building, irrespective of material or function of the highest element (i.e., including antennae, flagpoles, signage and other functional-technical equipment).
79.9 m / 262 ft
Occupied
Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest occupied floor within the building.
68 m / 223 ft
Floors Above Ground
The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

20

Floors Below Ground
The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

2

# of Hotel Rooms
Number of Hotel Rooms refers to the total number of hotel rooms contained within a particular building.

153

# of Parking Spaces
Number of Parking Spaces refers to the total number of car parking spaces contained within a particular building.

1100

# of Elevators
Number of Elevators refers to the total number of elevator cars (not shafts) contained within a particular building (including public, private and freight elevators).

7

Construction Schedule
2001

Proposed

2006

Construction Start

2010

Completed

Developer
Progetto Acciaio S.r.l
Architect
Design

Usually involved in the front end design, with a "typical" condition being that of a leadership role through either Schematic Design or Design Development, and then a monitoring role through the CD and CA phases.

LVL Architettura
Structural Engineer
Design

The Design Engineer is usually involved in the front end design, typically taking the leadership role in the Schematic Design and Design Development, and then a monitoring role through the CD and CA phases.

S.I.I.S.
MEP Engineer
Design

The Design Engineer is usually involved in the front end design, typically taking the leadership role in the Schematic Design and Design Development, and then a monitoring role through the CD and CA phases.

Studio De Zolt
Project Manager

The CTBUH lists a project manager when a specific firm has been commissioned to oversee this aspect of a tall building’s design/construction. When the project management efforts are handled by the developer, main contract, or architect, this field will be omitted.

Edilbasso
Contractor
Main Contractor

The main contractor is the supervisory contractor of all construction work on a project, management of sub-contractors and vendors, etc. May be referred to as "Construction Manager," however, for consistency CTBUH uses the term "Main Contractor" exclusively.

Edilbasso S.p.a.
Other Consultant

Other Consultant refers to other organizations which provided significant consultation services for a building project (e.g. wind consultants, environmental consultants, fire and life safety consultants, etc).

(not specified)
Sicurtecno

CTBUH Awards & Distinctions

Best Tall Building Europe 2011 Award of Excellence

2011 CTBUH Awards

CTBUH Initiatives

Net Center Chosen as Featured Building

15 February 2012 - Featured Building

About Net Center

Net Center is located in an outskirt region to the eastern side of the main town, serving to anchor a new urban district called San Lazzaro. The design of the tower aimed to create a landmark for the larger surrounding territory and bring interest to the entire complex and region. It is an attempt to give these suburban places the same quality of the historic centers of the main towns through urban design and strong architectural expression. An important element of the complex is the public square on which the tower sits, creating a key urban space for the public.

The lower floor plans of the tower are trapezoids with the shorter sides facing the street; the plans change at every level, eventually becoming a rectangle at the 10th floor. Rising up towards the top the plans become opposite trapezoids with the shorter sides facing the public square. Thus, on the eastern and western façades a curved surface is generated from the straight lines. These horizontal straight lines are expressed in the red aluminum sunscreens. The steel structure is supported by eight round columns in plan, four of which are inclined to follow the changing form.

Net Center rests on a 15,000 sq m (161,458 sq ft) wide rectangular slab, raised 1.5 meters (5 feet) from the ground, for pedestrian use only, while cars are parked underneath it. The slab is covered in black slate, extended inside all the ground floors of the buildings to lend an internal/external permeability. There is a sequential system of urban areas: the long gallery is connected to the big square and a smaller future square (in the north) with services for inhabitants in the neighborhood (shops, pharmacy, weekly market, and so on). In this system the red tower marks the presence of the public square and it faces the main street to attract interest and to leave the square open to the neighborhood in the north.

In this building solar protection in the form of the shading elements has become the key element in the tower’s primary architectural expression. The horizontal red grids (of which there are three for every floor) give the building its red twisting and curved shape (while the glazing behind is actually flat). In the low-rise buildings the shading elements are made of stretched aluminum sheets that automatically open and close, following the movement of the sun. Winter heating and summer cooling are provided by a high-efficiency heat pump system. Ventilation is provided by mechanical devices that allow energy recovery.

CTBUH Awards & Distinctions

Best Tall Building Europe 2011 Award of Excellence

2011 CTBUH Awards