Porlezza 8 Office Refurbishment

Porlezza 8 Office Refurbishment

A sustainable, contemporary workplace characterized by a striking new skylight

Transformation of a small office building, originally built in 1850, into an elegant, LEED Certified workspace overlooking an intimate garden and illuminated by a spectacular glazed skylight.

Despite the historical nature of the property, the building has seen several poorly designed alterations over the years that has resulted in a chaotic layout. By chance, these changes have resulted in a “patio house” typology that is not in keeping with the surrounding buildings, energy inefficient, and spatially unfunctional.

One Works’ redesign aims to clarify the buildings layout by reorganising both indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as adopt a series of sustainable and energy efficient solutions (LEED certification) to create a comfortable and pleasant workplace environment. Key features of the elegant office design include rejuvenation of the inner courtyard to become a flexible space, creation of new workspaces that overlook the intimate garden, and a spectacular glazed skylight that will flood indoor workspaces with natural light.

Key Facts

Client: Monterosa Fund, managed by Investire SGR and owned by a controlled affiliate of the Starwood Capital Group
With: MEP Consultant: Deerns - Fire life Safety: INC Ambiente e Territorio - Lighting Consultant: Artemide - Visualization: AplusT
Location: Milan, Italy
Year: 2021 - in progress
Floor Area: 1090 sqm above ground (+140 sqm underground)
Site Area: 485 sqm
Team: Leonardo Cavalli, Pietro Bagnoli, Mattia Cipriani, Maria Chiara D’Amico, Giulia Frassineti, Davide Giovanetti, Davide Grandi, Nicola Guercilena, Marlice Imparato, Vita Leone, Michele Levati, Elena Luoni, Endri Metaj, Sarah Pellicani, Antonio Romanò, Luigi Santinello, Paolo Solato, Laura Varalli
Services: Architectural Design, Structural Design, Structural Engineering, Site Supervision
Porlezza 8 Office Refurbishment

Background and Context

Located along the via Porlezza - a historical city center street highlighted in the XVIII century city maps of Milan – this compact, semi-detached office building will be transformed into an elegant and intimate workspace for new tenants.

Originally built around 1850, the building is part of a bigger renovation project called Urban Office Campus which includes two larger adjacent buildings. The four-storey building sits within an ancient urban block and is articulated both in plan and in elevation with a private inner courtyard that is seen as a distinctive character of the property.

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