Located just outside of the town of Lago Patria in the region of Campania is the future home of NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Naples. NATO took ownership of the new site in Lago Patria in May 2012, which promises to propel JFCNP into the future by providing a bold and technologically savvy home for one of NATO’s most visible commands.
Built at a total cost of more than 164 million Euros, the new installation will enable JFCNP to execute the full spectrum of steady state and contingency operations. A state of the art Joint Operations Center and a conference complex that offers 10 virtually “wired” meeting rooms will help make daily operations and inter-command communications more efficient.
Lago Patria is an installation that captures the imagination and inspires one to look toward the future. Reflecting pools, the elegant facades made of ALUCOBOND® in Silvermetallic, unique shapes, and a distinctively modernist interior design make Lago Patria more than just a military headquarters. The news site’s facilities can also be considered modern art that capitalizes on form and function. Tall interior office windows and skylights bring in natural light reducing the building’s energy consumption. The technological plant will use ice and water to cool buildings, a forward thinking concept that is environmentally friendly.
Lago Patria is an “open headquarters” designed to foster cohesiveness and increase efficiencies. A ceremonial courtyard in the center of the main complex offers a relaxing space to meet while discussing issues over a café from the coffee bar located just steps away. The Community Center, which resembles a wedge shooting towards the sky, will be home to the All Ranks Club which offers a commanding view of Lago Patria and the Tyrrhenian Sea on the horizon. It is sure to be the professional setting for numerous Alliance and national events.
While at the Community Center, you might choose to grab a bite to eat at the International Mess, shop at the SAVE Center, get a haircut, mail a letter at one of the post offices, catch up on the news at the library, go to a lecture in the 352 seat theater or visit one of the many concessionaires.
Built to support more than 2,000 NATO staff members and three separate commands, Lago Patria will be a busy operational headquarters location; however, the site offers even more room for future expansion. This flexibility makes Lago Patria the ideal place for future NATO growth and regional development.Location: Lago Patria, Naples, Italy Planning (Architect): Interplan2 Architetti Project name: NATO JFC Headquarters Material: ALUCOBOND Silvermetallic nr. 500 Quantity: 47.404,21 m2
Construction type: Cassette on bolts
Building owner: NATO, JFC Naples, Project Management Office
Fabricator/Installer: ISA S.p.A., Calcinelli (PU) – PROGALL S.r.l., Osimo (AN)
Year of construction: 2009-2011
Photos: Daniele Domenicali