Mixing research and training to do business: this is the goal of G-Factor, the Fondazione Golinelli’s incubator-accelerator designed by diverserighestudio. G-Factor, inaugurated the 25th February, is the last building of the citadel of knowledge and innovation in Bologna (Italy), that comprehend as well the Opificio Golinelli with training lab and offices and the Centro Arti e Scienze Golinelli designed by Mario Cucinella. The workplace is based on different slots connected by the main space where lighting and colors are designed to help reducing production and learning time.
A “metaphor for a complex city” where it is possible to “experiment the design of the future layouts” to overcome the “modern idea of a finished and not modifiable place in support of the people and companies’ capacity of adapting to the continuous transformation”. Simone Gheduzzi (diverserighestudio) describes with this words the G-Factor project, the Fondazione Golinelli’s incubator-accelerator address to the young start-ups selected through a process by a team of scientists and experts in business, innovation, technology transfer, and finance.
The G-Factor 5.000 sqm space is part of the 14.000 sqm of the wide project of citadel of knowledge and innovation, along with the Opificio Golinelli, designed as well by diverserighestudio, that houses laboratories, classrooms, offices, exhibition spaces, workshops, , and the exhibition venue Centro Arti e Scienze Golinelli, designed in 2017 by Mario Cucinella Architects.
The new pavilion hosts two fundamental realities set forth by the governance of the Foundation: G-Factor and the BI-REX Competence Center of Industry 4.0, that allow to add to the financial support also the entrepreneurial training of the teams with a training program that involves universities, research centers and other companies, according to the Fondazione Golinelli’s multi-year development program, Opus 2065.
The high-level of adaptability and flexibility of the space express the will of valuing a “technologic emptiness” that allows an ever-changing layout.
The interior design is based on a main “connective greenhouse”, a path to the future, ideally designed to be crossed by robots. From this main space, four other environments (two on each floor, respectively of 472 sqm and 600 sqm) branch out that can be divided into several productive slots by a mobile partition system thought for meeting the dynamic future start-ups’ needs.
Also the lighting and colour project was studied to foster a dynamic creativity, to help reducing the learning and production time.
“G-Factor reflects and at the same time summarizes a strong idea, a project that aims to bring together and combine training, higher degree research, and the relationship between art and science to now finally achieve this crossing point where training and research become business”, the Fondazione Golinelli’s president Andrea Zanotti concludes.
G-Factor will soon host 9 start-ups out of 124 innovative projects and companies that participated in the first call Life Science Innovation 2018, in the field of life sciences.
Text by Gabriele Masi.
Pictures by Giovanni Bortolani.