L213 armchairs “dress up” the auditorium with an industrial soul of the Banca Popolare di Sondrio

The seats are confirmed for their versatility and elegance, making them suitable for any architectural environment


In the former industrial building in Berbenno di Valtellina (SO), converted into the multi-service business centre of the Banca Popolare di Sondrio, the versatile L213 armchairs were chosen to create the large 554-seat auditorium. The seats, with their linearity and essential design, are arranged in perfect harmony with the industrial soul of this impressive hall. The L213s prove to be suitable for “dressing up” any architectural environment. They have graced the halls of business centres of major companies, in Italy and abroad; as well as hyper-technological auditoriums, such as the prestigious Apple iOS Developer Academy at the Federico II University in Naples and the modern lecture hall of the Milanese Hospital IRCCS Ospedale Galeazzi Sant’Ambrogio.

On the other hand, the atmosphere of places of production is nothing new to L213, which has already established a perfect symbiosis with a fine example of industrial archaeology by furnishing the auditorium of the Halles aux Sucres in Dunkirk, France, an imposing 19th-century port building created for storing sugar.


At the headquarters of the Banca Popolare di Sondrio, the choice fell on the version with straight, thicker sides (the thickness is 9 cm). To allow optimal viewing by users, the seats are arranged – on the sloping floor – in a staggered manner. In order to ensure, with staggered seating, uniformity of passage in the 120 cm aisles, auxiliary sides were introduced: two of them, one opening and the other closing, for half of the ten-seat rows of the central sector and one per row, alternating between opening and closing, for the nine-seat rows of the side sectors. There are a total of 60 auxiliary sides, all in perfect harmony with the seats: in fact, they are built with the same characteristics and materials.

A dark red 100% polyester FR Trevira CS fabric was used to upholster the armchairs, which were arranged with 60 cm of spacing. Customisation and attention to detail distinguish the set-up: the seats are equipped with seat and row numbering plates, while the outer sides facing the aisles are fitted with recessed step marker lighting with LED sources. The visible metal parts are all painted silver.

Project: Banca Popolare di Sondrio – Centro Direzionale Multifunzionale
Location: Berbenno di Valtellina (SO), Italy
Client: Banca Popolare di Sondrio
Year: 2023
LAMM supply: L213 armchairs
Photos: Mauro Davoli