City of Culture by David Chipperfield Architects

City of Culture

City of Culture
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In the ex industrial area Ansaldo plans to create the so-called “City of Culture”, a large Polo Museale which includes the New Archaeological Museum, the Center of Non-European Cultures, the CASVA (Center for Studies in the Visual Arts), the Laboratory of traditional puppet of the brothers Colla.

City of Culture
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David Chipperfield won the international competition for the redevelopment of the year 2000 with a solution that, according to the jury, “better addresses the relationship between new and old, without dissonance, seeking their own values in a context not easy.”

City of Culture
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The idea of the designer provides for the restructuring of some existing buildings and the construction of a new building that will house the Centre of Cultures Extraeurope, a building with a central hall that welcomes and directs the public as an urban square covered.

City of Culture
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Remain substantially unchanged the existing buildings and creates a new space in the heart of the former Ansaldo, stuck between the volumes aggregates over time, which is illuminated exclusively from above and contains, in addition exhibition spaces, a number of ancillary services such as bookshops, special shops , ethnic buffets, cafes and a shopping arcade.

City of Culture
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The volume with a particular organic form with wavy template and built in etched glass with parabolic surfaces, act as a lantern for the city in the evening. The double-sided translucent glass of the hall contains a system of walkways that bring to exhibition spaces.

City of Culture
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The steel structure of large “lantern” central and facades have been realized by Stahlbau Pichler by following a design so cleaner visually, how complex from the point of view of realization.

City of Culture
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Location: Milan, Italy
Architect: David Chipperfield Architects
Project Team: David Chipperfield Giuseppe Zampieri, Cristiano Billia, Oliver Ulmer
Consultant: Alberto Izzo & Partners
Models: A-Models, Metthew Marchbank, Vista Models
Lighting: Ove Arup & Partners, designer Mario Nanni
Management: City of Milan, the Central Technical Department
Steel Structures and Facades: Stahlbau Pichler
Project Manager: Diego Pulici
Design Manager: Massimo Colombari
Electrical System: Gemmo and special systems;
Mechanical Systems: Cooperative Cefla
Installation: Manens Intertecnica, Ove Arup & Partners
Structure: Sajni & Zambetti
Costruction: Ansaldo 2011 consists of Cooperative Costruzioni Lavoranti and Muratori, Società Cooperativa Muratori diggers and Engineered for the building works and finishes
Status: ongoing
Photographs: Oskar Da Riz
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