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Milan | Italy
design | Barreca & La Varra developers | Fondo Immobiliare Lombardia (InvestirRE sgr), Fondazione Housing Sociale


INNESTO, the first Zero Carbon “Housing Sociale” project in Italy, is the showroom of Milan’s new sustainability strategies.

INNESTO proposes the development of an innovative 4th generation district heating (4GDH) system, powered by renewable sources (including an urban wastewater heat-recovery system). The design of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings is coupled with a pre-assembled construction technology and an optimal mix of bio-sourced materials. The aim is to reduce CO2 emissions and reduce waste, allowing the structure to be disassembled and 100% recycled. Soil excavation is minimized and treated on site applying bioremediation techniques to be re-used for landscaping. Vegetable gardens, a nursery garden, natural based roofs, and edible landscapes will create an agricultural heart. A comprehensive sustainable mobility approach provides citizens with full accessibility of mobility needs. The project promotes active mobility, public transport, sharing systems and a drastic reduction of private vehicle use through reduced availability of parking areas.


Beyond reaching zero carbon, INNESTO encompasses a bold proposal for a private Milan Zero Carbon Fund aiming to implement citywide solutions to reduce GHG emissions and the settlement of a Circular Economy District promoted by primary institution. A 30-year commitment to integrated management is made by leveraging innovative tools and value-adding shared spaces that establish relationships between residents, involving the entire neighborhood: A Human Adaptive Zone.


The Greco Breda site is a former “freight terminal” of 6 ha, part of the Milan strategic plan to transform underused railway areas of the City. The site, organized in three main parcels, presents a great opportunity to enhance the connections between the mixed-use historical neighborhood of Precotto, which is rich in services and activities; and Bicocca, a former industrial area characterised by a remarkable urban renewal project designed by architect Vittorio Gregotti in the 1990s. This includes the Milan Bicocca University campus, the Arcimboldi Theatre and other cultural amenities, such as the Pirelli Hangar Bicocca Art Center and a multiplex cinema. The presence of one of the busiest railway stations providing suburban services on the link to Monza makes the site a key node in the metropolitan context. The redevelopment of the site constitutes an opportunity to reduce vehicular traffic and to promote the use of sustainable modes of transport, overcoming the railway barrier to enable better pedestrian and cycling connections to the station and relevant destinations.
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