fondazione feltrinelli by herzog & de meuron nears completion in milan
 
fondazione feltrinelli by herzog & de meuron nears completion in milan fondazione feltrinelli by herzog & de meuron nears completion in milan
dec 21, 2015

fondazione feltrinelli by herzog & de meuron nears completion in milan

fondazione feltrinelli by herzog & de meuron nears completion in milan
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set to complete in 2016, the fondazione feltrinelli is part of a major urban redevelopment of milan’s porta volta district. designed by swiss architectural firm herzog & de meuron, the scheme includes two linear buildings, whose urban organization relates closely to the site’s previously existing ancient walls. once finalized, the structures will border a much-needed green space, featuring boulevards, bike paths, and walking trails. the development uses the site’s two preserved gate houses as a reference point for the design, with cafés, restaurants, and shops activating the area at street level.

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the scheme is part of a major urban redevelopment of milan’s porta volta district
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the longer of the two structures, which runs along viale pasubio, includes a narrow gap that separates the foundation building (fondazione) from the development’s other offices. the ground level of the fondazione accommodates the main entrance, cafeteria and book store, followed by a double-height multi-functional space on the first floor, and an office area on both the second and third storeys. the reading room on top of the fondazione offers researchers and interested members of the public the opportunity to study documents from the historical collection stored in a secure underground archive.

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the development includes two narrow linear buildings
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according to the architects, the form of the development is influenced by the long, linear farmhouse buildings commonly found in the italian region of lombardy. these so-called ‘cascina’ structures were also an important reference in the work of the revered milanese architect and designer aldo rossi. fondazione feltrinelli at porta volta is scheduled to be complete by 2016. see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.

herzog & de meuron porta volta fondazione feltrinelli milan italy designboom
once complete, the structures will border a much-needed green space
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herzog & de meuron porta volta fondazione feltrinelli milan italy designboom
façade detail
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herzog & de meuron porta volta fondazione feltrinelli milan italy designboom
glazing reflects the existing milanese streetscape
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herzog & de meuron porta volta fondazione feltrinelli milan italy designboom
cafés, restaurants, and shops will eventually activate the site at street level
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herzog & de meuron porta volta fondazione feltrinelli milan italy designboom
the project’s form is influenced by long, linear farmhouse structures
image © designboom

herzog & de meuron porta volta fondazione feltrinelli milan italy designboom
the masterplan uses two preserved gate houses as a reference point for the design
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feltrinelli for porta volta
video courtesy of except house production

herzog & de meuron: porta volta, milan
see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here
image © herzog & de meuron

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