Five stories, five clients, five of the signature projects of the international architectural firm Mario Cucinella Architects to present an idea of the Milan of the future, a metropolis that grows in tune with the needs of its citizens and in harmony with nature. A dialogue between public and private, between client and architect: five stories to build a sustainable city.
“Creative Empathy. Milan metro: five construction projects by Mario Cucinella Architects”
November 18 – December ,18, 2016
Palazzo della Triennale
Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, Milano
The projects on display, commissioned from the Bologna studio mainly through public competitions, include two corporate headquarters, for Gruppo Unipol and Coima, both in the area of Porta Nuova; two hospitals, the City of Health and Research in Sesto San Giovanni, winner of the project finance competition, and the project for the New Center for Surgery and Emergency medicine for San Raffaele Hospital; an Art Museum, realized within a private palace on Corso Venezia.
In addition, via the interaction between clients and designers, the exhibition aims to reveal a change in the role of architecture, increasingly open to different inputs and no longer the exclusive domain of professionals. It documents, through concrete cases, the possible relationships among architecture, technology and new digital tools, but also architecture’s relationship to energy, the environment, engineering, bureaucracy and the many other professions involved with the project. An ongoing evolution in which sustainability is the main theme, a professional priority for today’s architects.
Unipol Group new headquarters (Competition – winner project)
A project commissioned from MCA through a private tender invitation, which aims to represent the values of sustainability, performance and wellness in their insurance company. This is the new headquarters of Gruppo Unipol in Milan: designed using BIM, with a selection of cutting edge construction technologies and functional components it represents the identikit of project, which will go into construction by the start of 2017. The building is a tower with 22 stories above ground and 3 underground, for a height of approximately 100 meters and a total area of about 35 thousand square meters.
The ellipse shaped base fits into the strong surrounding context, while the facade, made of a wood and glass mesh geometry, acts as a metaphor of the relations between people. The tower will house retail space, a large auditorium, offices and, under the roof, a greenhouse garden with an area dedicated to public and cultural events. The project is part of the great urban transformation that has characterized the heart of Milan in recent decades.
Fondazione Rovati Museum (On going project)
The result of a private commission, the project for a museum of Etruscan art was born out of the desire of the Luigi Rovati Foundation to create a place to showcase its art collections, principally a collection of Etruscan vases.
The project entails rehabilitation of an existing building and the enlargement, underground, of an exhibition area which will be open to the public, articulated into three main interventions: The first is the expansion of the underground level of the property and the construction of the museum underground that will house the collection of Etruscan vases and other artifacts; the second is the renovation of the nineteenth-century Bocconi-Rizzoli- Carraro palace; the third concerns the large garden at the rear of the property, which the client has decided to return to its original character, with the intent of protecting tree species of historical value, emphasizing the harvest aspect that the garden manifests to visitors from the main entrance hall of the palace. The landscape rehabilitation project was designed in an accord with the Superintendence for Architectural and Landscape Heritage.
COIMA Headquarters (Winner project, under construction)
The Headquarters of COIMA is already in an advanced stage of completion and will be ready by 2017, the result of a design competition and a representation of the client who developed the Porta Nuova complex. The project proposal for the E3- East building completes the Porta Nuova area, serving a dual purpose: to support the management activities of the complex and to link the urban fabric with the adjacent park, configured to act as a gateway and scenic passage into the park. Starting from this premise the project explores the theme of synthesis between the natural and the artificial in form and ambience. The new building, with more than 2 thousand sqm of space, was conceived as a unique example in which simplicity, rhythm and essentiality – characters of Milanese architectural culture
– are the genetic principles of the complex. The transparent greenhouse on the edge of the park and the two sheets of bark that enclose the northern and southern facades define spatial and material perception.
Città della Salute e della Ricerca (Project finance competition winner)
Special features of the project of the City of Health and Research, won by MCA participating in a consortium led by Condotte, are the attention to detail and the quality of the spaces dedicated to the management of the complexity of a health facility, conceived as a “thinking machine.” The essential element of the intervention, an eye on innovation and on the future of the concept of care, to understand man in his complexity and offer better care, reviving the ancient meaning of hospitality.
The project, beginning with feasibility studies commissioned by Lombard Infrastructure on the advice of Renzo Piano, is being developed as a place of excellence, of research and technology, as well as of the reconciliation of architecture with nature: Sesto San Giovanni, a city of factories, is transformed into City of Health, where the green of the large urban park is intended as a metaphor for healing. The spaces are designed as places of residence and social relations, using elements that communicate safety, orientation and harmony.
IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele – Nuovo Polo chirurgico e delle Urgenze (Winner project)
The new surgical and emergency center of the San Raffaele Hospital is the heart of a consolidated and high density building fabric. The project, which is about to begin construction, has two complementary elements: the technical slab that houses the most important hospital functions, such as the surgical block with 20 operating rooms, intensive care, and first aid; and the tower, with the in-patient wards (300 beds) and outpatient clinics. The buildings are designed with a maximum rationality of layout and are characterized by careful management of the vertical and horizontal connecting spaces, as well as the harnessing of natural light to illuminate underground connections to the rest of the hospital.