Leed Platinum certified Building

The building originally known as 'Residence Porta Nuova' was completed in 1973 to the design of Marco Zanuso and Pietro Crescini. It is representative of a series of built projects realised in the Porta Nuova area and remains an important indicator of the architectural activity of that period, typical of a particular climate in Milan.

The 'horizontal' pattern of the building is one of its main features and our scheme has used this distinctive characteristic as a strong point in terms of the relationship with the street, acting as a contrast to the the verticality of the newer constructions.

A thorough philological analysis of Zanuso's building, together with a new design direction concentrated on attention to detail, has endowed the spaces at Gioiaotto with a flexibility and internal brightness that is in keeping with contemporary architecture, supported by the prestige of a unique building that is very much part of Milan's history.

The entrance hall immediately presents a contrast between rough surfaces that refract and others that reflect the natural daylight and artificial lighting at night.

Inside the floors a large glazed section follows the horizontal structural grid and is divided vertically into three. The upper part, opaque and inclined, directs natural light onto the ceiling. The middle part, completely transparent and openable places the working environment in communication with the outside while the lower part alternates between filing cabinets adjacent to workstations and concealed fan-coil heaters. The rhythm of the glazing inside is highlighted by fins in extra-clear glass that increase flexibility by enabling the installation of mobile partitions as desired, while on the outside via the alternation of fins in extra-clear glass and coloured glass in light-grey. In front of the columns are boxes in micro-perforated bent-pressed steel. In the hotel part the rhythm of the existing windows is highlighted via the alternation of blades in transparent glass placed in discontinuity with the fins and timber boxes.

As with the office area, the ground floor has a rhythm of transparent modules made from  glass to guarantee maximum connection and exposing the accesses to the building at ground level, placed in discontinuity with the opaque structural parts covered by screen-printed windows on two levels to increase the three-dimensional effect of the facade


Park Associati
(Filippo Pagliani, Michele Rossi)

with General Planning srl

Design Team
Alessandro Rossi_Project Leader
Alexia Caccavella
Marinella Ferrari
Marco Panzeri
Davide Pojaga
Elisa Taddei
Paolo Uboldi
Fabio Calciati_Rendering

Specialist Site supervision,Structural,Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
General Planning, Milano
Loris Colombo
Giuseppe Monti
Walter Cola
Luca Dagrada
Sergio Fiorati
Paolo Gardella
Danilo Gibertini
Annagiulia Gregori
Mara Olgiati
Franco Pesci
Francesco Prennushi
Paolo Rossanigo
Roberto Villa

General Site supervision
Studio Ing. Ceruti

Artistic Site Supervision
Park Associati
Arch. Alessandro Rossi

Project Management
Coima Srl, Milano

Landscape Project
Land Srl


LEED certification


Fire Consultancy
GAE Engineering, Torino

Ing. Amaro

Safety Consultancy
General Planning, Milano

Ing. Vittorio Viganò


General Contractor

C.E.S.I. Società Cooperativa

Sustainable Architecture "Gioiaotto, Park Associati"
Summer 2015
Milano Porta Nuova "Milano Porta Nuova"
September 2015
The next Building "Sostenibilità spinta"
November 2015
Milano Architettura "La città e l'Expo"
November 2015
AZERO "Preview"
March, 2016 2016
Office Building
Location: Milan, Italy
Client: Hines Italia S.g.r.
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