Residenziale Milanofiori – Assago – Milan

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4 May 2019
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12 February 2021

Milanofiori 2000 S.r.l. - Gruppo Cabassi


OBR - Open Building Research, Milano


C.N.S. SpA

Facade builder:

C.N.S. SpA, Milano

The “OBR” designers of the Milanofiori Residential Complex, describe the real estate intervention as “a part of a cluser, characterized by a series of functions (offices, hotels, restaurants, cinemas and houses), that has deeply contributed for the surrounding area’s improvement, in Assago, situated in the south of Milan.
The residential complex design, researches for a symbiosis between the architecture and the landscape, so the life’s quality and the “sense of belonging” of the citizens can be in harmony with the natural or artificial elements. The interface between the building and the garden, catalyses the human and the ambient interaction. This interface is defined from the “C” form of the complex (that “hugs” the public park, conceived for extending the existing landscape) and from the porous material that starts from the interior and arrives to the outside. This material characterized all the 110 units.
The 2 main facades of the complex, have a different design: the one in front of the street is more urban, while the one in front of the public park is more organic.
The urban façade encourages the belonging sense using white frames that outline and recognize the unities. These structures combine the vertical wood panels that can slide between the shells, and that control the daily illumination and the citizen’s privacy.
The organic façade in front of the park is used as a bio-climatic greenhouse with a double-glass. The union of the greenhouse glass and the parapets’ glass creates an effect where a figure from the ground floor reflects itself at the opposite side. This fact produces a kaleidoscopic effect that overlies the public park reflection with the interior private gardens’ clearness.

The building geometry comes from the terracing of the superior levels (for the perfect solar exposure) and the taper of the external terraces. This can protect the citizens’ privacy. The overlay of the different garden’s layers (from public to private) creates a natural landscape that can be customized by the citizens. They can cultivating and project their interior gardens, so each unit is completely customized.”

The Studio Cattivelli’s assignment is the architectural project about the complex shells in each part. The type of the bio-climatic greenhouses (attained from the interior partition and from the Raynaers Cp155 high thermal and acoustic performance sliding doors), is the most important component. The partition for separating the winter garden and the terracing gardens is realized by the “all glass” sliding system of the Dorma BSW-G series.
The staircase spaces that bring to the high levels, are surrounded by the stratified “all glass” partitions, as high as each level. This can realize a transparent architectural composition that allows the extension of the citizens’ space from the interior to the outside, with also the chance to live in the external ambient in each season.