Redevelopment and Enhancement of a Nineteenth-Century Complex
Customer: Savills Investment Management - Hines Italia;Contractor: Nessi&Majocchi spa; Coordination; Architectural Design and Art Direction: Barreca & La Varra; Works Management: B. Cube S.r.l.; Photography: Giacomo Albo
In the heart of Milan, a stone's throw from the Duomo and the Ambrosian Library, on the corner between Via Orefici and Via Cantù, in the Cordusio area, stands the late nineteenth-century building that has acquired, with the important redevelopment carried out in 2019, a mixed destination, directional and retail. The project conceived and coordinated by the architectural firm Barreca & La Varra of Milan and carried out by the general contractor Nessi & Majocchi spa on an intervention area of 12,000 m², was defined in compliance with the most modern sustainability and efficiency criteria, in line with the best international quality standards. Particular is the inner courtyard of the building that overlooks Via Cantù. The new glass roof of the courtyard filters the light that falls inside it, illuminating it directly. Here, the pillars and beams were covered, as planned, with champagne-colored anodized aluminum plates. The project was entrusted in its implementation to our company Planium Srl. The metal plates were cut and pre-shaped in the production departments to then be applied with precision in place.
by Gianandrea Barreca e Giovanni La Varra:
"We wanted to maintain the centrality of the courtyard, making it the occasion for a contemporary “doubleface” graft...The ground floor cladding in gilded metal panels creates an unexpected treasure chest."