New life for Ex-Ansaldo in OnsiteStudio’s project in Milan

Designed by the Italian team Onsite Studio, 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 by the Comune di Milano.

 

Ex-Ansaldo entrance hall © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo entrance hall © OnsiteStudio

 

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.

 

Ex-Ansaldo outdoor space © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo outdoor space © OnsiteStudio

 

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.

 

Ex-Ansaldo co-working areas © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo co-working areas © OnsiteStudio

 

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.

 

Ex-Ansaldo original building model © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo original building model © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo interior volumes model © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo interior volumes model © OnsiteStudio

 

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.

 

Ex-Ansaldo ground floor plan© OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo ground floor plan © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo first floor plan © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo first floor plan © OnsiteStudio

 

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.

 

Ex-Ansaldo Section Detail © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo Section Detail © OnsiteStudio

 

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.

 

Ex-Ansaldo residential areas © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo residential areas © OnsiteStudio


 

Project drawings

Ex-Ansaldo ground floor plan© OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo ground floor plan © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo first floor plan © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo first floor plan © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo Section © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo Section © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo perspective section 1 © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo perspective section 1 © OnsiteStudio

 

Ex-Ansaldo Section Detail © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo Section Detail © OnsiteStudio

 

Ex-Ansaldo perspective section 2 © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo perspective section 2 © OnsiteStudio


 

Project models

 

Ex-Ansaldo original building model © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo original building model © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo interior volumes model © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo interior volumes model © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo entrance hall model © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo entrance hall model © OnsiteStudio

 

 


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