On the ashes of an industrial building arises a new residential complex of 25 apartments.
The intervention area is situated in the northern outskirts of Milan, near Sesto San Giovanni and viale Monza, one of the major radial avenues of the city. The lot is rectangular in shape (27x40 m) and faces Eraclito Street along its short side.
The new building completes the urban landscape by connecting the façades and covering the blind walls of the adjacent constructions. According to the height range of surrounding buildings, ERA 3 has from five up to seven storeys. Basement and mezzanine host parking lots.
The building is a manifesto of complexity in contemporary architecture. The volumetric composition shows a sequence of addictions and subtractions. A wide range of materials like plaster, zinc, wood, concrete, steel, glass, stones, are combined together to underline the arrangement of volumes and surfaces.
The construction of the volume is based on the aggregation of modules of 45 sq m (GFA), which is considered as the minimum surface of a living unit. Bigger apartments are made of two modules. Outdoor living spaces play an important role in design criteria.