Architecture knows how to transform itself over time and the DFA Partners studio knows how to address this evolution taking into account the past of a site to lead it towards new configurations.
In one of the most vibrant neighborhoods and a symbol of Milan’s transformation, the Porta Romana district, traces of its productive past can still be seen, such as the two buildings from which the new VASARI 3 housing complex will be born.
The architectural redevelopment proposed by DFA Partners will transform the buildings, examples of industrial archeology of the early twentieth century, with the reinterpretation of the existing one through two distinct volumes, separated by a courtyard, in which the two souls of Milan coexist: the memory of the past and the look to the future.
The modern, rigorous and elegant language chosen for the building facing the outside will emphasize its verticality, in an alternation of loggias and terraces, while the internal building will propose a reinterpretation of the original characteristics of the industrial loft, among which the cladding in bricks: a “harmonious contrast” that an aerial walkway on the first floor will unite, rising above a splendid internal garden.
This is a lush oasis, a precious corner within the urbanized fabric where a wide botanical variety will be introduced, showing how the green is becoming a real architectural structure.
The project is completed by two underground floors dedicated to the pits, services, technical rooms and cellars.
Energy saving, urban forestation and circular architecture are the salient features that characterize VASARI 3, in the name of a unique and sustainable living experience.