Milano Civic Center
A new centrality was emerging in Milan, essentially a business area of high rise buildings which was being included in a vast urban renovation by the name of Puorta Nova project.
This urban intervention was an opportunity to restore the balance in a conflictuous transition area. Here, more specifically in the Isola-Garibaldi block, the municipality invited architects to conceptualize a new Civic Center which could answer to the demands of local citizens.
The competition asked for a building that could allocate community services, such as meeting rooms, library, art gallery, multi-purpose rooms, auditorium, administration areas and cafeteria. It‘s location was at the heart of Parque Degli Alberi, inserted in the new expansion area for the city and trying to impose itself as a new centrality.
The main idea of the proposal was the creation of a set of spaces that expressed and, most of all, catalyzed the fluency between citizen and public space in a clear and informal way, spaces in which the limits between public and private could dilute to the point that the building itself became public space in its essence.
Due to the transition place it occupies, between the park and the city, the intention became to search for a monolithical integrity in the building, and its deconstruction would always imply the intention of a closer relationship to the park and the surrounding streets, working as inviting elements.
The building departs in essence from the fragmentation that the public spaces create in it, being them the generators of its programmatic subdivision. Therefore, it sits on the landscape as a monolith, and only by walking through it users could experience its reduction to the more intricate and intimate spaces.
Miguel Roque, Rui Santos