SITEMilan | Italy
DATE2015 - 2017
CLIENTAntirion SGR on behalf of Fondo Antirion Global Comparto CORE
PROJECT MANAGEMENTARUP Italia srl
TYPE OF WORKConcept design, architectural design (scheme design, detail design), artistic direction, planning permits
PARTNERS-IN-CHARGEAntonio Gioli, Federica De Leva
DESIGN TEAMNicola Borsato, Mara Brozzi, Giorgia Martinoli, Milica Cudic, Denis Zuffellato
MEP design, structure, site supervision and H&S, LEED certificationTEKNE SPA
Construction firmSERCOS Spa
Estimates and specificationsGAD srl
Photo credits© OskarDaRiz courtesy PichlerPro, Barbara Corsico Photography, Ulderico Tramacere, Jurgen Eheim
An iconic building
Amazon’s new headquarters is located in a central area for Milan’s renewal. The building, already well in the memory of its inhabitants, has now become one of the symbols of the 21st century city, together with the skyscrapers behind it.
Past, present, future
The design approach starts from the building’s history and “experience” and at the same time moves towards a highly advanced contemporary composition and technology.
Not just a refurbishment, not just a redevelopment
The new building follows the old one in form but changes it profoundly in substance
The project also included the partial demolition of one of the fronts and the consequent creation of a new important and scenic access to the building through an internal square, covered by a large canopy and characterised by elements of green furniture.
The central volume was raised to the same height as the other two wings to ensure horizontal connections on all levels and maximum usability of the spaces.
The external facades are punctuated by vertical sunshades, which protect them and at the same time recall the building’s previous appearance.
The building is able to limit its impact on the environment, and is designed with a cultural approach aimed at reducing energy consumption by using renewable sources, reducing water consumption, using materials with particular characteristics and origin, with attention to the life cycle of the building and its components, aiming at the well-being of the occupants and social sustainability.
Sustainability, a design vocation
The building has been awarded LEED Platinum certification for its energy efficiency and environmental sustainability features.