Cascina Merlata by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel

Cascina Merlata

Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel (ACPV) unveils its latest social housing complex in the Cascina Merlata district of Milan. The Cascina Merlata Lot R7/2project is part of an ensemble of residential buildings designed by some of the most well-known Italian architects, and follows the Cascina Merlata masterplan conceived by ACPV in 2011. The new buildings have obtained a class A rating thanks to t heir energy-efficient design and low-energy impact.

The building is expected to open for residents in March 2021. Located just a stone’s throw from the Fiera Milano grounds renowned for the annual Salone del Mobilefurniture fair and the MIND Milano Innovation District (ex-Expo Milan area), Cascina Merlata Lot R7/2 is thelatest addition to the new residential settlement on the outer edge of the city. The area’s masterplan aims to improve livability with in the urban fabric of Milan by offering essential services – such as shops,schools and transportation – within a walking distance of 15 minutes for residents.

The plan also featuresmultiple parks, public spaces, pedestrian and bike paths to enhance the city’s social and environmental sustainability. The Cascina Merlata Lot R7/2 project integrates two new residential buildings between Via Daimler and ViaPier Paolo Pasolini, covering a floor area of 12,600 sqm. The main material used for the residential complexis porcelain stoneware. The chromatic variations of the design, together with the sequence of full andempty spaces guarantee a balanced design solution.

The buildings’ ground floors interact with thesurroundings by seamlessly integrating entrance halls and retail spaces, and they face a large communalgarden. Overlooking Via Pier Paolo Pasolini, one of the buildings is a 10-story volume that aligns with thedesign of the adjacent buildings with its upper four floors set back 3 meters. The other development is made up of two volumes connected by a single core: the southern portion stretches across 17 floors,while the tallest portion to the north has 25 floors above ground.

The roof of the residential complex is designed as a garden that will be visible from the street level. “The new development advances the idea of regenerating Milan as a polycentric city. CascinaMerlata is a newly well-served area of the city where people can reach everything they need for their dailylife within a 15-minute walk or ride,” says architect PatriciaViel, co-founder of Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel.

Cascina Merlata Lot R7/2 is a virtuous example of BIM management by both the design team and the client, who oversaw the progress of the production using BIM technology. The March 2021 completion of this second phase of development designed by Antonio Citterio PatriciaViel will be soon followed by Lot R7/3 (expected to be delivered in 2024), by Lot R5/4 (expected to bedelivered in 2023), and by Lot R5/1. Source by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel.

  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Architect: Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel
  • Project team: Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel, Lorenzo Laura, Francesco Masala, Daniele Raimondi, Mattia Cattaneo, Claudio Vittori Antisari, Andrea De Cet
  • Client: Città Contemporanea – CMB
  • Year: 2021
  • Photographs: Giulio Boem, Courtesy of Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel

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