COIMA SGR – the leading independent company in the asset management of real estate has awarded Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS + R) and Stefano Boeri Architetti the international architectural competition for Pirelli 39 in Milan.
The competition was launched on 25 November 2019 according to guidelines shared with the Municipality in Milan. The project was presented today by Manfredi Catella (CEO COIMA SGR), Elizabeth Diller (DS + R) and Stefano Boeri (Stefano Boeri Architetti). The site was first acquired by COIMA in 2019 on behalf of the COIMA Opportunity Fund II investment fund, financed by a pool of leading Italian banks consisting of UniCredit, Intesa San Paolo, UBI Banca, and Banco BPM, following a public auction by the Municipality of Milan. Pirelli 39 is located in the center of the Porta Nuova Gioia area in a strategic position between the Central Station and Scalo Farini and provides access to Porta Nuova from the north towards the city center. It was decommissioned by the Municipality of Milan in March 2015, represents a significant opportunity to deliver value by upgrading the existing site, which is lacking in sustainability certifications, not compliant with anti-seismic standards, inefficient for modern use, has structural problems as well as pollution and environmental-urban-building degradation, and bringing it in line with the buildings in its surroundings. Its redevelopment is part of the regeneration process of the wider area that started with the redevelopment of Gioia 22 and will be completed in the coming years with the development of Pirelli 35 and Gioia 20.
The DS + R and Stefano Boeri Architetti proposal envisages a mixed use model of public-residential-tertiary spaces through the recovery of the existing tower, the bridge building over Melchiorre Gioia and the construction of a new tower.
•New residential tower: 1,700 square meters of vegetation, distributed on the floors so that the flora and forna will change the colours of the building as the seasons change, will absorb 14 tons of CO2 and produce 9 tons of oxygen per year, like a 10 thousand square meters forest. With 2,770 square meters of photovoltaic panels, the tower will be able to self-produce 65% of its energy needs. The building includes structural parts in wood that will decrease its carbon footprint, including 1,800 cubic meters of wood for the floors that will save up to 3,600 tons of carbon dioxide in the construction phases.
•Recovery of the existing building: the building will be adapted to meet the current standards of office spaces in terms of innovation and sustainability andin line with the Next Generation EU parameters; the project involves maintaining the character of the original building, while updating it in the plant equipment and energy performance and adjusting it structurally with the aim of enabling proper efficiency parameters solving its actual limits and allowing the reuse of the existing building rather than the alternative of demolition and total reconstruction.
•Bridge building: using to the application of R.L. 18/2019, the project will redesign the separating ‘wall’ on Via Melchiorre Gioia by creating a new hub for events, shows and exhibitions, with meeting and wellness areas and a biodiverse greenhouse space as an extension of the Biblioteca degli Alberi that will be a dedicated laboratory to provide an immersive, educational, interactive and innovative experience among various plant species.
The Porta Nuova Gioia area – for which COIMA SGR expects total investments of over €1 billion, 270 thousand sq m of developed or regenerated surfaces, 20,000 sq m of public areas, and 3,600 sq m of cycle and pedestrian paths – represents the completion of Porta Nuova and will be presented by the company in the coming months. The area was started by COIMA in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan and coordinated by Gregg Jones together with a qualified team composed of Patricia Viel of the Antonio Citterio studio Patricia Viel, Chris Choa of AECOM (London Olympics masterplan), Ibrahim Ibrahim of Portland (public space animation), Jim Burnett of OJB and Andreas Kipar of Land as landscape architects. “Today’s presentation is an important moment of discussion with Milan and with our country. In light of the health emergency, I believe that regeneration is key in the strategic relaunch of Italy from a cultural, environmental, social, and economic point of view. Our country is full of iconic buildings and extraordinary places which, as in the case presented today, need to be rewritten and rethought according to criteria of sustainability and innovation: a path and a mission that we have been sharing with our investors for a long time and that can represent a catalyst level for our cities and our country, and a model for development on a global level.”
Manfredi Catella, Founder & CEO of COIMA “Our studio is thrilled to have this opportunity to make a meaningful architectural contribution to the city of Milan, our first project in Italy. As much of our work focuses on the future of cities, the Pirelli 39 project presents a great opportunity to develop a new model of mixed-use development and sustainable urban growth. The project combines the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings with environmentally responsible new construction and a vibrant ‘living’ cultural destination devoted to the art and science of plants.” Elizabeth Diller, Partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro “This project will reinvigorate the iconic former Pirellino building, creating a new tower that mixes architecture and nature to create a green space that is open to the whole city. In such a difficult period, this project relaunches the vision of a forward-looking Milan and bravely faces the great challenges of the climate crisis.” Stefano Boeri, Founder of Stefano Boeri Architetti
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