One Works was appointed by the client to develop a preliminary design for the refurbishment and efficient reorganization of an historical building located in the city center of Milan. This particular triangular corner building represents a landmark in the cityscape, very close to the Duomo.
The new design seeks to maximize visibility and the attractiveness of the commercial spaces located on the ground floor, while creating a new dual access system to the building, serving the workspace areas located on the upper floors.
As part of this extensive design proposal, a preliminary layout of a typical floor was designed with evidence of circulation spaces, support spaces and employment index, as well as a schematic simulation with a hypothetical horizontal split for the subdivision of the available spaces between several tenants.
Improving the overall efficiency of the enclosure, such as allowing expected LEED certification levels, is pursued through an update to the plant engineering solutions, the introduction of an internal insulation layer, and the replacement of the existing doors and window frames with steel ones with thermal break. All of these contribute to improving the overall quality of the building.
A careful design of the new slim window frames, together with the new inner business lounge intended as an urban greenhouse, all reflect the strong characterization of the building and some of its unusual internal spaces. Together they are design to enhance and invite people to explore the uniqueness of this magnificent building.
The ground floor redevelopment outlines a clear spatial sequence connecting different areas. Each one is characterized by specific aesthetic and functional connotations, while slightly protruding glazed window shops area meant to meet a visibility requirement, without seriously affecting the architectural features of the existing building.
A semi-independent two-level building wing, facing a secondary street, is refurbished as a new co-working area with a series of common amenity spaces. A flexible typical floor plan layout has been outlined, in order to be function for both for a single-tenant or multi-tenant scenarios.
The important shop windows on Corso Italia generate two slightly protruding glazed volumes that unite the symmetric groups of the existing openings. This generates greater visibility and appears most attractive to those travelling on Corso Italia or passing through Piazza Missori.