- Project Team: Mikel Martinez Mugica, Maddalena Corti, Claudio Natalini, Andrea Piovesan, Muyun Zhao
- Client: EuroMilano S.p.A.
- Structural Design: SCE Project
- Executive Project: Teknoarch
- Fire Prevention: Studio Zaccarelli
- Sustainability: Emanuele Naboni, e3Lab
- Architect In Charge: Stefano Tropea
- City: Milano
- Country: Italy
Text description provided by the architects. The building is located in the Cascina Merlata area in the city of Milan, close to the Rho-Pero Trade Fair pole and to the Expo 2015 site. It's part of the Villaggio Expo residential cluster, a new development built within the frame of a masterplan designed by Antonio Citterio & Partners and Caputo Partnership, with the aim of temporarily hosting the representatives and the staff of the 97 countries participating to the 2015 Universal Exposition throughout the event.
Consequently, specific requirements have to be met in terms of energy efficiency, construction planning, costs control and dwellings flexibility: a specific apart-hotel layout has been designed in order to be easily remodeled at the end of the event and the apartments converted into affordable but highly equipped housing units.
The building consists of 56 dwellings, with a high variety of housing types raging from 45 to 100 m2, on 14 floors. The communal ground floor has been conceived to host specific activities and events during the Universal Exposition. A number of technological and design solutions have been introduced since the beginning of the design process, in order to optimize the energy efficiency in the building, including a sunscreen facade protecting the loggias on the southern side and a neighbor waste-to-energy heating-cooling system.
Product Description. Baumit products and Baumit color systems are used on the façades: the high rise body of the building, emphasized by an irregular patchwork of different tones of grey contrasting with the dark recesses, extend upwards and dissolves into a white screen on the South side.