Nuvolari 1

The building in question is located in the southern quadrant of the city, at a strategic point for urban mobility as it is the junction between the green metro line and the suburban railway.

The project is based on two main concepts: ensuring maximum visibility for the retail area and enhancing the area dedicated to office access. The upgrading of the ground floor aims to optimise and improve access to the building, both private and public.

The main intention is to rethink the relationship of the building with its neighbouring context.

The first action of the project is to move the reception area to the front of the building along Via Ondina Valla, as this is a more private and accessible area. The entrance will be enhanced by the creation of a large, welcoming and representative lobby. Outside, a new square and an access road with a drop-off point are planned.

The second action of the project is to devote the entire ground floor to retail, taking advantage of the visibility towards Largo Tazio Nuvolari and the possibility of making the best use of the external spaces. Currently, the ground floor façade is set back from the orientation of the main façade, which does not encourage access. By moving the façade forward, the internal spaces will be enlarged and the shop windows will be more visible, where the more commercial functions that can be used by the public will be located.


Largo Tazio Nuvolari, 1 Milan




15.000 MQ




Design competition


Antonio Gioli, Federica De Leva


Nicola Romagnoli, Luca Ciravegna, Luciano Colazzo

Transparency, permeability, reflectance

The theme of permeability, both visually and functionally, because only through the use of glass is it possible to guarantee the perception of continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces. In this way, the building opens up during the day to let in light, an element that enhances the well-being of those who work inside.

Another fundamental characteristic of glass and its impact on the perception of the building’s volume is its reflectivity, which turns the building into a large mirror of the city and urban life, reflecting the buildings in their context. Glass is therefore the most suitable material for the representation of life, both that which remains inside the building and that which is reflected from the outside, reaffirming the desire to re-establish a link between human life and the rhythms of nature.