/ The alternation of glass and steel, transparency and opacity, on the façade provides the double function of protection and perception of the external space
A glass and steel blade, a kind of prow pointing northwest, acts as the fulcrum of the U1 building’s architectural composition. With its fifteen floors above ground and covering a surface of approximately 31,500 square metres, this building is one of the most notable achievements of the Milanofiori Nord sector in Assago.
U1, which will house one of Accenture's offices in Italy, completes the so-called 'cliff' — a group of buildings that form a ring around the entire Milanofiori urban development.
The two façades of the complex develop from the prow of the building. The body facing the motorway is the largest and tallest. The dense succession of vertical elements and horizontal string courses that breaks up its uniform glass surface provides protection against sun and noise.
Towards the wood, the building's north-facing shorter façade is entirely glazed and transparent, which makes it more permeable and intensifies its relationship with the surrounding environment. The perception of the natural space is as direct as possible.
A series of successive spaces starting from an elevated level lead to the entrance hall along a double-height porticoed passage, crossing the new square that gives access to the building.
The building's first two floors, below the raised base, house the parking lots. The hall is a crossroads that gathers and conveys all the flows within the complex, as well as housing most communal functions: training area, foyer and cafeteria.
Located on the upper floors, the offices will house up to 3,800 people and will be characterised by different sizes and uses.
The sky-bar on the top floor will be a relaxing place with a view over the surrounding landscape.