Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel (ACPV) unveils the design for the new Milan headquarters of Italian multi-utility company A2A. The project reimagines the company’s office spaces as capable of adapting to people’s ever-changing needs at work, while reviving the local urban fabric with 6,320 sqm of new green public spaces. The 144-meter-high office tower, named Torre Faro, will connect Milan’s historic center and periphery by reactivating a north-south axis that runs from the city center through Via Crema and Piazza Trento.
“The A2A Headquarters project creates a new vertical village for the firm’s operations. It is designed for people to enjoy working in the company of their colleagues and to encourage spontaneous professional and personal interactions,” Antonio Citterio, architect and co-founder of ACPV, says. ACPV won the architectural competition for the design of the new office building and the adaptive reuse of the existing structures in 2018.
The new tower can accommodate 1,500 people in spaces that are flexible, open and are complemented by a green courtyard shared with the Museum of Energy – located inside the existing buildings that will be revitalized with the project. Vertically, the tower is divided in the middle into two sets of office floors framed by the spacious entrance hall on the ground floor, the Sky Garden in the middle and the Belvedere on top. Just like the Sky Garden at mid-height (61 meters), the Belvedere provides panoramic views of Milan at 125 meters above ground.
The tower’s large atrium and the suspended mezzanine create a generous and welcoming environment, enhanced by the multifunctional office spaces located on the floors above. The architecture of the building addresses future professional needs by integrating flexible spaces – including co-working lounges and informal meeting rooms – that can be reconfigured for multiple uses.
The tower’s footprint is minimized by ensuring the site is open to public use, and by creating a new pedestrian-friendly urban district where local businesses can thrive. Beyond the A2A Headquarters, the urban regeneration project extends from the neighboring Piazza Trento to the closest metro station through via Crema.
Enlarged pedestrian areas, two new squares, additional green areas and bicycle paths will turn the area into a diverse, multigenerational and attractive neighborhood. “The new tower and the renovation of the firm’s existing buildings transform the architectural volumes to allow for a seamless passageway from Milan’s city center to the Porta Romana disused railway yard and the Symbiosis business district that is currently taking shape,” Claudio Raviolo, head of the project and partner at ACPV, says. Source by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel.
- Location: Milan, Italy
- Architect: Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel (ACPV)
- ACPV team: Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel, with Claudio Raviolo (partner in charge), and Massimo Frigerio, Pasquale Dacchille, Clara Alfieri, Lucrezia Castagnoli, Cristiano Piagnerelli, Gioele Foschi, Giovanni Saputo, Paolo Migliori, Daniele Raimondi, Luciana Ricca
- Client: A2A
- Year: 2021
- Images: Courtesy of Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel (ACPV)