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Nuovo Portello, Milan, Italy

Thursday 23 Oct 2008

Alfa Romeo site transformation

Wade Zimmerman 
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Former factory site provides the setting for new residential towers 

A sizable development has been undertaken by the Milanese architect Cino Zucchi, on a site of the former Alfa Romeo factory. Zucchi drew on his considerable practical and academic knowledge of Milanese housing design to create a series of buildings, 'Nuovo Portello' .

The former industrial site is given to collective use by tracing a new series of pathways connecting it with the surrounding urban area. A new square along Via Traiano generates a diagonal pedestrian way, which becomes the main access to a new landscaped park. Toward Viale Serra new residential buildings run parallel to via Traiano and are organized along two elongated courts. .

Of Zucchi’s buildings, the most recently completed are three residential buildings that sit in the northern part of this development, The three towers of free-market housing in Nouvo Portello are positioned irregularly around a common garden entered through the new square. Their apparently casual disposition seek the best views of the new park. The overhanging balconies are grouped in vertical volumes by thin metal structures and generate unified figures that articulate the height of the buildings. The stone cladding and the different colours of the sliding shutters, both randomly mixed in different proportion across the three buildings, give variety to the strict modular grid of the façades.

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