非常感谢Meili & Peter将以下授权建筑共享平台发行。
Appreciation towards Meili & Peter for providing the following description:
In the urban planning intervention for the new headquarters of Helvetia Italy, we did not look for a unifying answer in the unclear, multilayered fabric of the existing city, but instead followed—in the tracks of Milanese maestros such as Luigi Caccia Dominioni—heterogeneous, polyphonic strategies of expression.
The given property turned a visible face toward Via G.B. Cassinis, one of the multilane arterial axes connecting the center of Milan to the new service quarter San Donato. However, the existing tower-shaped structures, whose mirrored glass fa?ades betray the boom phase in which they were constructed, leave only a very narrow gap open to the major axis and prevent the development of an actual front fa?ade. The design first
finds its theme in the relationship between this gap and the calm, rear-facing courtyard. A wedge-like body shifts forcibly past the existing structures and ends with the gesture of an enormous cantilever over the entrance to Via Cassinis. From there, two very different side fa?ades point into the depths of the grounds. Not the minimal front face, but instead, these longitudinal fa?ades form a visible face from the movement along the major axis. The design-based intervention works with the longitudinal fa?ades leading into the depths in a correspondence with the geometric constriction: on the one hand, through extension and great proximity to the reflecting skins of the existing structures, and on the other hand, through ruptures in a building shell that powerfully rejuvenates itself sculpturally. The heterogeneity of the urban context is mirrored in the Janus face of the two main fa?ades, which no longer have much in common with a traditional, divergent formulation of street fa?ade and back fa?ade.
The new horizontal, relief-adorned view into the court forms a spatial background—similar to a stage view—that refers to the main entry through the suggestion of a sideward movement. In an almost contrary way, the south fa?ade is shaped by a balcony stretching nearly end-to-end. The horizontality of the viewing field is gripped by the endless movement of traffic on the Tangenziale in the expanse of the Po basin. Green, vertical hanging plants provide an interruption at the forefront of this panorama. In part light-permeable, formed from a mixture of evergreens and colored plants, this artificial nature follows the tradition of Milan roof gardens, with a type of hanging carpet.
Location: Milan (I)
Client: Helvetia Assicurazioni, Milan (I)
Meili, Peter Architekten: Marcel Meili, Markus Peter
Bernd Habersang, Dan Schürch
Andreas Alber, Thaeba Ayubi, Nazario Branca, Dominik Fiederling, Alice Hucker, Gunter Klix, Ricarda Metelmann, Ilona Schneider
Engineers: Grignolio Muttoni Partner, Lugano
Fa?ade design: Emmer Pfenninger Partner, Münchenstein
Landscape architecture: Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten, Zurich
Light design: Licht Kunst Licht, Bonn (D)