This project is constructed on the grounds of a former services building in the residential district of San Siro. It is an apartment complex composed of two seven storey blocks, connected by a lower two storey building. The ground floor and mezzanine house the entry lobby and communal services, while the first floor is occupied by apartments and terraces. The entrance atrium has a connecting staircase to bridge the difference in height with the basement level roofed with planted gardens.

The basement and first two floors are in alignment with adjacent street-front facades, but the upper floors are less regular, with different facades featuring loggias, balconies and bow-windows. To create a link with the landscaped garden, the balconies and terraces are planted with greenery as an integrated part of the architecture.

This is an aspect frequently adopted by the architects, and the horizontal planting accentuates the string-course lines to give a sense of continuity.

The clean design of the facades is easily seen in the triple composition: the two storey base is clad in grey stone, while the upper floors have a terracotta plaster finish. The top floor is lightened with a large pergola-like structure on metal columns that create a link with other metal elements like the string-courses, window frames, and terrace railings


YEAR: 2018-in progress
TYPOLOGY: Residential complex
CLIENT: Ciardi Sviluppo S.r.l.
WITH: Studio Banfi e Pezzetta
COLLABORATORS: Paolo De Biase, Annachiara Cattaneo

Milan, Italy