Despite Controversy, Herzog & de Meuron’s Porta Volta Breaks Ground

  • 13 Dec 2012
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After two years in waiting, Porta Volta, the project by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron to redevelop ’s north-western Spanish gate, has finally broken ground. The project, which spurred some controversy when architect and critic Vittorio Gregotti accused the Swiss-led project of being an act of “architectural colonialism,” is nevertheless scheduled to be completed in 2015.

According to Herzog, the 2,500 sqm project, which consists of Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli’s 7,500 sqm Headquarters and 15,000 sqm of greenery, is “intrinsically” Milanese, having been inspired by “the Gothic tradition that is expressed in important buildings in the city of Milan [and the] farms that dot the landscape of slender Lombardy.”

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Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "Despite Controversy, Herzog & de Meuron’s Porta Volta Breaks Ground" 13 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>