herzog & de meuron-designed fondazione feltrinelli set to open in milan herzog & de meuron-designed fondazione feltrinelli set to open in milan
sep 22, 2016

herzog & de meuron-designed fondazione feltrinelli set to open in milan

the long-awaited fondazione feltrinelli designed by renowned swiss-firm herzog and de meuron is set to open later this year in the porta volta area, milan. the master-plan sees the realization of a set of buildings, separated at one point, but consistent in their linear and angular form which is wrapped in a concrete brace. the site runs along viale pasubio, with a narrow gap which slices through the two volumes determine the foundation building between the development’s other offices.

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two narrow and linear buildings define the master plan by the swiss-firm
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herzog and de meuron’s scheme is part of the wider urban redevelopment of milan’s porta volta district. clean lines and deep-set windows convey a contemporary and monolithic expression; the structures expressing the geometrical conditions of the site with its rotated positioning. according to the architects, influence came from the long farmhouse ‘cascina’ buildings commonly seen in the lombardy region in italy and the generous scale of historic milanese architecture.

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the concentration of the building’s mass creates a generous public green area, connecting to the existing boulevards
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final touches of construction are being made and once completed, the structures will frame a much-needed green space. the ground level of the feltrinelli fondazione will facilitate programs such a cafeteria and book store, followed by a double-height multi-functional space on the first floor, and finished with an office area on both the second and third storeys.

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the site’s two preserved gate houses are a reference point for the design
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final touches of construction can be seen
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a narrow gap separates the fondazione from edificio feltrinelli reflecting two autonomous constructions
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cafés, restaurants, and shops will enliven the surrounding area
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an elongated and narrow form introduces a roof which melts into the facades
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a concrete brace wraps the entire angular structure and frames the deep-set windows
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the master plan for porta volta, consists of the fondazione, two new office buildings, and a generous green area
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the project’s form is influenced by long, linear farmhouse structures
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see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here and here
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