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"WELCOME" - VIA ANGELO RIZZOLI 2
Milan | Italy
Kengo Kuma & Associates; Studio Pession Associato


A new visionary project by Kengo Kuma & Associates for the city of Milan. It is "Welcome", the biophilic building complex of the future in which people and nature interact harmoniously, in an organic and horizontal architecture capable of listening to the context in which it is inserted. The project was commissioned by the independent platform Europa Risorse.


The project will be completed in 2024 and will allow the individual to have access the most sophisticated technological and digital requirements, but also effective measures to protect people from future pandemics.


"Milan is a city that presents a unique and exciting combination of modernity and tradition from the point of view of art, architecture and craftsmanship and this makes it the ideal place to carry out our work. Thanks to the Italian craftsmanship, it is possible to achieve a high level of quality through an organic approach to design and planning of wood" said architect Kengo Kuma.

Yuki Ikeguchi, partner of Kengo Kuma & Associates and designer of Welcome, added: "Biophilic architecture: living in symbiosis and in contact with nature. 'Welcome' is a project that involves the use of organic and natural elements that stimulate our senses and support our tendency to find comfort and inspiration in natural contexts. It is an architectural space completely integrated with vegetation and made of organic materials. A biophilic urban approach brings life back to the city. It will be the start of a new era in which green architecture intervenes to redefine the urban horizon, increase the quality of the city space and improve the public activities of the area. This favors creativity and innovation in working life and beyond. Natural elements in architecture such as vegetation, light, air and wood stimulate the senses and make a difference in the workplace, lifestyle and improve physical and mental health, as well as productivity. Sustainability is the main theme of our future and a social responsibility for any sector and society. Welcome offers a work environment model that promotes corporate innovation in favor of sustainability".





'Welcome' is a mixed-use development anchored around a newly established public piazza. The project will include offices, co-working spaces, meeting rooms, and auditoriums, as well as restaurants and lounges, shops, a supermarket, a wellness area, and places for temporary exhibitions.

Welcome is going to be built in an area occupied by an abandoned complex designed by Piero Portaluppi and completed in 1960. The site, located nearby the RCS MediaGroup headquarters (designed by Barreca & La Varra), will be easily accessible because it is a few steps from the subway stop Crescenzago and in an ideal place to get into the city center, Central Station, Linate Airport and highways. Zero CO2 emissions, renewable energy, consumption control, water recovery, greenery and endemic species as an integral part of the architectural project, human and sensorial scale are just some of the elements that characterize this project.


The project is structured in six bodies flooded with natural light and flexible, layered, rotated and intertwined, which slope down like natural amphitheaters towards the park. The structure sees the use of three chosen materials, combined in a synergistic way to generate a natural and contemporary architecture: concrete for the foundations and the basement, which leaves the scene above ground to steel and wood. The energy generation system for heating and cooling together with the important use of photovoltaic panels will allow for maximum sustainability of the intervention, creating a project that anticipates the future of post-COVID19 work spaces. Health and well-being of people with Well Platinum certification targets; Leed Platinum energy efficiency; compliance with anti COVID19 guidelines (Ashrae, Rheva, Aicarr and ISS Report); circularity in building materials and their use; no fossil fuel; resilience to climate change for a climate-neutral future. It is on these pillars that Welcome proposes itself as the most advanced ecological intervention in Europe.


 

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Shouldn't this be changed to Demo?

Curious to see how this turns out, always missed a bit that Japanese architects don't build in Italy!
Kuma is not the first. SANAA has completed another project in Milan! ;)

New Bocconi University Campus. See pics in the link below.

 

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Kuma is not the first. SANAA has completed another project in Milan! ;)

New Bocconi University Campus. See pics in the link below.

I know that very well, thanks! 😉

I meant that they don't do a lot. I love Japanese architecture, just would like that there was more in my Country! 😊
 
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