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White & Green
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DESIGNER
 
 
Matteo Thun

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DESCRIPTION
 
Matteo Thun Tortona 37 White & Green MilanoThe Tortona neighbourhood, formerly one of Milan’s main industrial estates, has turned into one of the most dynamic international hubs of fashion and design over the last 15 years. Here five white buildings, set around a landscaped garden to form a sort of courtyard, create a building project which redevelops the neighbourhood and restores it to the city through low environmental impact architecture. White & Green is a multi-purpose complex covering 25.000 square metres geared to mixed usage, energy efficiency, and a new form of iconicity: the principles underpinning the entire design strategy.

Matteo Thun Tortona 37 White & Green MilanoThe building programme is designed around its distinctive location in an inner-city area serving mixed purposes. The architecture sets out to respond to this potential multiplicity. The buildings are constructed over 6 levels and are combined into double-height structural units (H = 7 mt.). Each unit has an open-space design with an internal mezzanine offering maximum three-dimensional flexibility to serve an array of uses: lofts, offices, shops, restaurants and businesses will find spaces ready to be custom-designed to their specific needs. Versatile mixed usage culminating, on the roof, in a flat roof-garden and inner-city squares in the elevation affording views across the horizon.
Iconicity
A seamless façade on the outside, almost as if to provide protection against the “harshness” of the urban surroundings, links together the buildings into a smooth strip of solids and spaces. This creates a white orthogonal web, out-of-scale in relation to the heights between the various levels, which envelops and engulfs the transparent glass and wooden structures: an independent objects creating a new urban scale to how the building is perceived.
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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
Features of energy
Matteo Thun Tortona 37 White & Green MilanoAn overall vision guided the design strategy to produce architecture cleverly coordinated with plant-engineering, so as to obtain maximum energy efficiency. Geo-thermal exploitation of ground water; interior comfort based on radiant panels in the ceiling and optimum ventilation; materials put to pure usage: glass, wood and even greenery (treated like an architectural material) are envisaged as they will evolve over time; there is even smog-consuming self-cleaning cement used for all the plaster work and exposed masonry to reduce pollution in the immediate vicinity (a local contribution to the general quality of the environment). A sustainable approach but not a recipe which can be repeated because it derives from a custom design for this distinctive construction in this specific location.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Italy [Italia]
Region
Lombardy [Lombardia]
Province
Milan [Milano]
Town
Milan [Milano]
Neighborhoods
Zona 6
Address
Via Tortona 37
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
TOWN PLANNING AND URBAN DESIGN
Urban design and urban renovation
Multifunctional areas
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ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings
Multiple dwelling
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
Commercial buildings
Shops
Showrooms
Bars, cafeterias
Restaurants
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2003    
Realisation
2009
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CLIENT
 
 
Pioneer Investment Management
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 25,000
Floors
6 levels
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STAFF
 
Gestione del progetto
Francesco Isabella
Design team
Simone Alberi, Ilaria Brollo, Tom Lacey
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CREDITS
 
 
Photo © M. Danesin
Text edited by Matteo Thun & Partners
Courtesy by Matteo Thun & Partners
Matteo Thun Tortona 37 White & Green Milano


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