This residential complex is located just a short distance from the Sforzesco Castle and from Via Dante in a diversified context, where most of the buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries; it is in juxtaposition with the sites adjacent to Palazzo Cagnola and a complex, built after the war by Figini and Pollini, who preserved and developed the centuries old trees with great sensitivity.
The project is composed of two buildings; the lower structure is situated in Via Rovello and is the same height as the adjacent buildings. An internal courtyard separates it from the second, taller block. The external street-front facade features alternating colour contrasts between the large glazed loggias which are partially screened to provide adequate privacy, and the sections with a plaster or stone finish.
Excavation work on the construction site revealed architectural remains from Roman times which have been restored and displayed. The architects paid particular attention to the landscape design, both on the street-front facade and in the internal courtyard; the planting in the loggias overlooking Via Rovello emphasises the coherence with the hanging gardens on the internal courtyard terraces.
The lush planting along the private courtyard facades is in contrast with the Corten flower beds and metal pilasters. The project is based on strict standards designed to guarantee a high quality of living, that include the use of low environmental impact materials, low energy consumption, energy from renewable sources and abatement of electromagnetic fields.
YEAR: 2018-in progress
TYPOLOGY: Residential complex
CLIENT: Federico Consolandi
LANDSCAPE: Studio AG&P Milano
COLLABORATORS: Francesca RomanĂ²
Milan, Italy