Nestlé Headquarters - Building U27
Contractor MilanoFiori 2000
Photos: Andrea Martiradonna
Nestlé Italia Headquarters
The objective of the architectural design of Park Associati is the integration of the building in the context of Milanofiori , the existing routes system, the climatic factors and the overall urban plan. The development is set around a central courtyard , a sort of "secret garden" for the users of the building, which despite its confidentiality and closure characteristics still allows a visual permeability with the exterior, thanks to a network of pedestrian crossing. The entrance is reached via a path directly connected to the main pedestrian area access, in turn connected to the subway station. The entrance is also in visual contact with the inner courtyard and is flooded with natural light through a large skylight. The building has compact and rational plan , while elevations are divided into a series of blocks that allow a light and fragmented composition. This result is obtained by dividing the whole building into blocks , a number of "suspended boxes" of different sizes and heights , each with a slightly inclined façade . Some of these blocks have transparent glazed façades, to provide natural light to the interior. Other blocks are opaque with external surfaces that reflect the surrounding natural environment. Some areas of the envelope are enriched with the addition of vertical tinted glazed fins which articulate further volumes without affecting transparency. Considerable importance has been given to the issue of reducing energy consumption , the building in fact receives a LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) "Core and Shell" class Gold.
Unitised façade consisting of triple DGU and glass fins
Groundfloor stick c.w. system
Profile Set up in 2000 by Filippo Pagliani and Michele Rossi, PARK ASSOCIATI is an architectural design studio which works on a large scale. The investigation into the dynamics and flows in urban places forms the basis of a wide range of projects for the tertiary, manufacturing and residential sectors. Equally important for the studio is the planning of interiors which pays close attention to both craftsmanship and design. This adopts a transversal approach to the planning process and a vision that seeks to interrelate cultures and specializations, experiments with new technologies and is sensitive to the issues of sustainability and energy saving. Such an approach opens up new possibilities in terms of scope and vision, and on each occasion gives rise to original compositional landscapes where architecture, place, technology and materials combine to create different spatial forms. The projects on urban and architectonic scale underline the aptitude of PARK ASSOCIATI to research solutions that can combine local identity and technological innovation, this is confirmed by the recent awards in competitions and following realized projects. The projects of PARK ASSOCIATI have been showed in several exhibitions and published in Italian and international magazines.