Besides the events programmed for this years’ International Exhibition –inaugurated hardly a few days ago- Milano has still a lot to offer in the long-term, with the Comune di Milano advocating for the rehabilitation of unused or rejected urban areas in the form of cultural, multipurpose spaces for the promotion and dissemination of local arts.
One of the highlights of the local government’s efforts is the recovery of the former buildings of Ansaldo, an industrial area located to the south-west of Milano’s historical centre. Currently used as an exhibition space, one of the former buildings in this complex has been recently host to a small exhibition on the project that will hopefully be carried out later this year for the completion of co-working and residential areas.
Designed by Italian office OnsiteStudio and commissioned by the city’s Comune, the project’s aim is to qualify the existing industrial-like spaces through the insertion of new elements that will provide not just technical services, but also a necessary contrast in materials, scale and spatial tension as a blank canvas for the activities proposed in the original Manifesto.
The project in ex-Ansaldo proposes a reflection on the form and meaning of contemporary cultural institutions, deciding on an open building that can guarantee the flexibility of the programs. The total 6.000sqm will be divided into different areas: the enclosed service areas proposed by the architects and the surrounding space inside the industrial building, whcih will work as a social space for activities and events.
By introducing a series of new volumes inside the old building, the architects expect to confront the materiality and form of the existing elements –large industrial objects, surface textures, spatial proportions and natural light qualities- carefully selecting wooden and metallic finishes, different size volumes whose façades and roofs indicate possible different uses.
The architect’s desire is to turn the original building almost into a public space -to create different areas resembling streets, squares, and open spaces in which any activities and events could take place.
News source: OnsiteStudio