RCS Area Refurbishment - Building A2
Contractor Iniziativa Immobiliare Due s.r.l.
Photos: Piermario Ruggeri
This building is part of the Development RCS Media Group Headquarters
The project took shape from the demolition of the old building Rizzoli, standing on the street with a perfectly simple elevation. Facing the courtyard, the volume presents some deflections that change the overall homogeneity. The tension is enhanced by the use of a fully glazed façade. The rationality of volumes gives this building a sort of abstract rigor, which interprets the conceptual dimension of production of information which is the core business of the building occupier. The deflections of the façades are, however, also a way in which this building interacts with the environment, especially on one side as it is volumetrically connected to the adjacent buildings of the Rizzoli publishing house. On the other side the deflection helps the double height of the main entrance to connect with the internal courtyard. The vertical bands of the facade come from the remodeling of the language used for the entire development, thus allowing a unitary reading throughout the development. It has also given the opportunity to deepen the relationship between the external chromatic/perceptive system and the internal performance/functional use. Given the demand for work spaces, the functional program has been very accurate in locating units of offices and open space, and it has created an equally rigid definition of the openings. The main elevation treatment defined by the opaque/transparent façade system has created a very regular theme throughout the building. The simple rhythm was complicated by the use of coloured spandrel panels which tend to destroy the regularity, increasing the overall interest in the façade.
Stefano Boeri Architects
Stefano Boeri, born in 1956, is a Milan-based architect and from April 2011 he is Councillor for Culture, Design and Fashion for the Municipality of Milan . From 2004 to 2007 he was editor in chief of “Domus” international magazine. From 2007 to 2011 he was editor in chief of the international magazine “Abitare”. Professor of Urban Design at the Politecnico di Milano, he has taught as visiting professor at Harvard GSD, MIT and Berlage Institute among others. He is the founder of “multiplicity”(www.multiplicity.it) international research network dedicated to the study of contemporary urban transformations. Co-author of different volumes such as Mutations (Actar, 2000), USE (Skirà, 2002) e Cronache del Abitare (Mondadori, 2007), Biomilano (Corraini, 2011) and author of “Anticittà” (Laterza, 2011).