The redevelopment of the former Hotel Francia (1954), located in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, right in the centre of Milan, envisages the creation of the “CVE9” office building, a new prestigious, avant-garde and high-level location.

The project, which is particularly sensitive to the theme of sustainability and the environment, aims at the architectural, functional and technological redevelopment of the external and internal facades, of all the common areas (hall, internal courtyard and terrace), the reorganisation of the office floors (open air spaces) and the energy efficiency of the entire building complex, the objective of which is to achieve LEED Gold and Well Silver Certified Building certification.



Corso Vittorio Emanuele II° 9, Milan | Italy


2019 - ongoing


8.000 SQM


Generali Real Estate SPA


Artelia Italia SPA


Concept, integrated design, (scheme design, detail design), site supervision, planning permits


Federica De Leva


Silvia Turati (Project Leader), Antonio Sergi, Nicola Romagnoli, Andrea Angonoa, Francesco Viganotti, Chiara Tesoro

MEP and Structure design

BMS Progetti srl

Site supervision




Fire prevention

Studio Mistretta & Co.

Construction firm


The project envisages the conservation of the façade on Corso Vittorio Emanuele through the restoration of the stone elements and plaster finishes while maintaining the existing surface colouring. The intervention also includes the replacement of the existing window and door frames with similar ones, but with thermal and acoustic performance in compliance with standards.

The facade overlooking the inner courtyard will be redesigned as a whole in order to give it a contemporary look. The wall infill between the structural grid of pillars and floors will be completely demolished.

The new façade will be redesigned using a modular system of full-height vision mirrored windows and doors which, while respecting the existing structural framework, fully incorporates the architectural concept of the square module that characterises the Corso Vittorio Emanuele façade.


The original external façade, restored and enhanced in its pattern of stone panels, is a compact diaphragm marking the passage to an unexpected dimension

From the vibrant heart of the city to the interior, the scenic main reception area is the gateway, with two entrances from Galleria De Cristoforis and Corso Vittorio Emanuele.

The entrance from the Galleria De Cristoforis becomes the main entrance to the new, extended lobby area, which houses a new reception desk.

Large open spaces, places to work in silence, places to share and socialise

Nature inserts, terraces and gardens on three floors. From the immersive courtyard created from the ground floor and located on the first floor, to the roof garden. Green areas, steps, wooden seating and composite ‘greenwood’ flooring.

Designed for the well-being of its inhabitants, thanks to energy saving, reduced environmental impact and ecological quality of the interior. The entire building was developed according to the strictest LEED and WELL parameters.

Energy class by design:
LEED Gold and Well Silver Certified Building

Video 1 of 2 | Corso Vittorio Emanuele 9: a new office of great value in the heart of Milan.

Watch the first part of the interview with designers Antonio Gioli and Federica De Leva together with Riccardo Guzzi, Head of Project Management Southern Europe Region Generali Real Estate and Gloria Brocchi, Asset Management Generali Real Estate

Video 2 of 2 | Corso Vittorio Emanuele 9: a new office of great value in the heart of Milan.

Antonio Gioli and Federica De Leva talk about the project of GBPA Architects on an important asset of the Generali Real Estate portfolio located in Corso Vittorio Emanuele 9 through the recovery and enhancement of the interior and exterior spaces: the offices, the inner courtyard and the roof terraces as spaces for work and socialization.