“Milano: quartiere che vai, Alumni che trovi” (Milan: Alumni in every neighbourhood). No, we haven’t gone mad: we just read this article by Urban File, which announces the winners of the second edition of the ‘Architecture and Urban Planning Award 2021’ for the city of Milan and we discovered that 7 of the 8 projects are by former Politecnico students. Not bad, eh?
Let's take a look at them: who knows, you’ve probably walked right past some of these without realising...
CITTÀ STUDI – NEW LEONARDO CAMPUS | RENZO PIANO AND OTTAVIO DI BLASI
Urban Furniture – Public spaces – Cycle paths – Green
Our new Campus, inaugurated last June, wins in the category ‘Urban Furniture – Public Spaces – Cycle Paths – Green’.
The redevelopment of the architecture campus at the Politecnico is a project that comes from afar and that we start talking about in the spring of 2017 (the beginning of the story can be found on MAP #1) thanks to the idea donated by Renzo Piano to the Politecnico, later designed by another great Alumnus, Ottavio Di Blasi – ODB & Partners (his interview on MAP #7).
The two architects conceived and developed a radical reorganization of the spaces in via Bonardi, based on the philosophy that Piano defines as “mending”: indeed, “mending” and connecting are among the functions of the new Campus, conceived as a space open to the whole city, an urban park that connects Parco Ponzio with the green landscape of Piazza Leonardo da Vinci.
In the words of Urban File:
To find out more, read the news: Inaguration of the new Campus in the presence of the President of the Republic
ISOLA – ALSERIO 10 | ASTI ARCHITETTI
Redevelopment of existing buildings: residential and hospitality
PORTA TICINESE – VETRA BUILDING | STUDIO IL PRISMA
Redevelopment of existing office buildings
In terms of the redevelopment of existing office buildings, Urban File believes that the most interesting project carried out in 2021 is the Vetra Building, , in Piazza Vetra 17.
The building was originally built in the early 1960s designed by Ferdinando Reggiori to create a new headquarters for the Milan Tax Service in a neighbourhood that was set to be resurrected following the devastation of the Second World War. Over time, however, the area became increasingly degraded, until the park was fenced off in the 1990s to allow it to be closed during the hours in which there was no guaranteed surveillance, while the entire area in front of the building next to the park became a dodgy place of petty crime.
The project by the international architecture and design company Il Prisma and Artelia – whose leading partners include the Alumnus and construction engineer Carlo Carone – regenerated the public space through the redevelopment of the building, to restore a new dialogue with the city, also through architecture and art, reviving even the arcades abandoned to their fate in the past, opening up a passage through the middle that unites two sides of the neighbourhood, including a spectacular work of art by Patrick Tuttofuoco."
FIERA – CASA BORIO | CALZONI ARCHITETTI
New residential building
With a 1960s style and simple and effective lines, the building has large balconies overlooking the small garden to the south, in amber shades that offer warmth and reassurance.
There is an interesting “differentiation of facades: more urban overlooking public streets and more open, with large glass windows, continuous balconies and facades covered with recomposed wood to interact with and belong to the garden below.”
BARONA – THE SIGN | PROGETTO CMR
New office buildings
This build “ solved and revived an otherwise depressed area of Milan, creating a pleasant working space and a square, Piazza Fernanda Pivano, perfect for taking a stroll and relaxing during work breaks.”
The complex includes two office buildings of 9 and 11 floorsa production building of 3 floors and a large pedestrian and public square covering a total of 20,400 m2.
TRENNO – NUOVA PRIMARIA VISCONTINI | TECNICAER ENGINEERING
School and Sports buildings
This shared and participatory project engaged teachers, parents, school collaborators and children.
The school complex, called “the school of colours”, can accommodate 600 children and is equipped with a gym, auditorium and library accessible even outside school hours. The main building has 20 classrooms and 8 laboratories.
CENTRO – TEATRO LIRICO GABER | PASQUALE FRANCESCO MARIANI ORLANDI
Public – service – cultural building
The project by the Alumnus Pasquale Francesco Mariani Orlandi, reopened the doors of the opera house after more than twenty years of inactivity.