Photos courtesy of Andrea Martiradonna
This building is part of the Porta Nuova urban renewal project in the heart of Milan.
The building seeks to establish a dialogue with the public part of the area as a whole, configuring itself as an access point to the park. Bounded on one side by the central square, adjacent to Cesar Pelli’s three towers, the building has an area of about 22.500 square metres distributed over five stories and a ground floor for an overall height of 30 metres. This choice was conditioned by the need to respect the heights of the existing residential buildings as well as by the desire to make the new structure a strong and recognizable landmark within the requalified area.
The simple and sinuous form of the building articulates and integrates the two volumes in a single element distinguished by a deep central fissure. The two façades are treated differently: the one facing north and overlooking the central square is characterized by large windows that act as a backdrop for the pedestrian area and the Porta Nuova park, while the curved southern façade is protected by a system of sun blinds that mark out its rhythm. The building, which is about 140 metres long, incorporates a system of internal courtyards with coloured walls. The ground floor is wrapped by an ample portico that opens directly onto the main square and is covered by the projecting volume above.