The retrofitting of buildings from the modern era is becoming a crucial aspect in urban regenaration processes. Often located in the very city center, those architectures transformed themselves over the years into obsolete, uncomfortable, technologically outdated or extremely uneconomical assets.
Milan is emblematic in this sense. The city has undergone various phases of architectural renewal throughout the 20th century, culminating with the massive masterplans that transformed its skyline. Recently, real estate investments focused on important buildings from postwar years until the 70s, attracted by their potential of contemporary reuse. Those conservative restoration works are returning to the community testimonies of architectural style and innovation, in a dialogue with the ever-changing urban environment.
Park Associati is deeply involved in this reflection since many years. We have been confronting ourselves with important names of modern architecture and we realize renovation projects in philological respect of the authors, while not subtracting experimentation and research.
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An icon of the Modern in the Roman city
In the heart of Roman and medieval Milan, a building by Piero Portaluppi, one of the undisputed protagonist of 20th Milanese architecture, is subject of a conservative restoration project.
Aiming at improving the office spaces, and adapting the building to contemporary standards of energy efficiency, Park Associati’s restructoring deals with all aspects of the structure. The renovated internal layout contributes to the optimization of the flows and provides comfortable and smart workplaces. The restoration of the exterior respects and enhancing the original architectural language, both in terms of shapes and materials. The courtyard is redesigned, as well as the internal volume that overlooks it, regenerating this area as an integral part of the architectural complex.
The building of Francesco Zanuso and Pietro Crescini is located in via Melchiorre Gioia in Milan, a crucial axis leading from the city center to the recently regenerated area of Porta Nuova. Strongly characterized by the experimental use of prefabricated reinforced concrete and by its massive horizontal lines, the building is a unique example of brutalist architecture in Milan.
The project emphasizes its volumes and original materials; it involves the façade, the basement and, last but not least, the terrace, offering a new multipurpose completely glazed room. The flexible interiors and the new windows equipped with high-performance insulating and energy-efficient glass have earned the building the first Leed Platinum certification in Milan.
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The “Ship” of Luigi Moretti towards a new launch
The complex designed by Luigi Moretti in the 50s, occupies an entire block in Milan downtown. Composed of 4 elements and fused on a sophisticated volumetric game in which the tallest building’s outlook juts on the road and seems to invade it, the complex was intended for residential, office and commercial use.
Park Associati’s project involves two of the buildings with a delicate and respectful intervention. On the façades of the lower body, vertical backlit slats will be applied to the existing fixtures in order to restore the rhythm and the close scan of the original design, that has undergone variations over time. The building will host new offices and commercial spaces on the ground floor.