The future of Portanuova

Portanuova is an unprecedented urban regeneration project. Not only has it given back to the city of Milan one of its abandoned, historic industrial parks: it has reopened its spaces to the community, and reopened the city’s doors to the world with state-of-the-art architectures admired and recognized across the map for the beauty of their design and sustainability. A district “signed” by the greatest architects in the business, and animated by a vibrant atmosphere. Most of all, a green district where visitors may smell the scent of magnolia flowers while waiting for the start of a cultural event or a meeting. Portanuova introduces itself as a cultural contribution to society and a space for gravitation of experiences and relationships. A place of sharing, available to all. A place of life, work, and gathering of families, young men and women, sportspeople, professionals, tourists, and curious visitors. A space designed for the community, not only tailor-made for its residents and its everyday workers. A bustling location that is always open to the city and the world. An organism that, despite its record heights, never stops growing. Much like all of us, alive and constantly evolving, with new projects on our tables.

Projects in development
  • Gioia 22
  • Corso Como Place
  • Pirelli 35
  • Pirelli 39
  • Goia 20

The “glass splinter” piercing the urban fabric and reflecting its future.

An architecture slicing the urban landscape it lies in. A dynamic, unusual shape – nicknamed “the splinter” – which was determined by optimization of light and solar energy demand. Its bold silhouette does not forget the past, but rather presents a new aesthetic and functional standard for office buildings. Gioia 22 is the first new-generation skyscraper redefining the Porta Nuova Gioia business district. Following the demolition of the previous structure (2017) and the laying of the first brick (2018), Gioia 22 has replaced the former INPS (Italian public pension fund) building at 22 Via Melchiorre Gioia (1961), unused since 2012. The edifice has an above-ground surface area of 42,386 m2, is 120-m tall, and has 26 storeys. It will be equipped with over 225,000 (6,000 m2) PV modules (able to provide for the energy demand of 306 homes) that, along with the use of an aquifer thermal energy system, will reduce energy consumption by 75% compared to the most modern skyscrapers of Milan. The annual reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the previous construction (-2,260 t) is the equivalent of the quantity absorbed by 10 ha of rainforest (4,500 trees). These best practices of sustainable architecture also make Gioia 22 the first-ever tower in Italy to meet Nearly Zero Energy Consumption Building standards. Moreover, the building was made using Cradle to Cradle certified materials and has qualified to achieve LEED and WELL certifications for its attention to the wellness, health, and safety of its occupants.

  • 225.000 PV panels
  • -2.260t CO2/year (compared to the previous building)
  • LEED Platinum Certification

A regeneration icon.

The renovation project launched in 2018 concerns an entire block of historic relevance between Via Tocqueville and Via Bonnet. A fundamental operation to newly connect the public areas of  Viale Pasubio – around the main office of the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation and Microsoft House – with Corso Como and Piazza Gae Aulenti. This is guaranteed by the requalification of the surrounding pedestrian areas and the continuity with the Corso Como pedestrian paths. Bike paths, pedestrian paths, and green spaces will connect the areas, in line with the green mobility promoted by Portanuova. The complex includes the iconic 21-floor (70 m high) tower – the former Unilever HQ – designed in the 1950s by Francesco Diomede with Giuseppe and Carlo Rusconi, legends of Milan’s urban design history. Corso Como Place, created following the Cradle to Cradle protocol thus respectful of a circular economy in terms of material choice and reduced energy consumption, will be the first-ever WELL-certified office complex in Milan. Moreover, thanks to its 1,000 PV modules, it is a Nearly Zero Energy Consumption Building. The complex is equipped with technology based on a network of IoT (Internet of Things) sensors to remotely monitor every activity occurring in the smart buildings, and connecting people with the building’s elements. This will allow its users to customize, for example, lighting, temperature, and shade, and to book a space in the underground parking in real-time.

  • 22,000 m2 Total surface area
  • 1,000 PV modules
  • WELL Gold Certification

The return of the baby boomer.

Pirelli 35 reclaims its city through a revamping and “re-functionalization” operation giving it a polished and modern twist. The new architectural design included a complete renovation of one of the symbols of the Milan business hub in the 1960s (original design by Melchiorre Bega). It spans a 40,000-m2 area, and involves two 10- and 5-floor elements with a 3,000 m2 inner courtyard. With the credentials to achieve LEED Platinum, WELL, and Cradle to Cradle certifications, Pirelli 35 becomes an endorser of the values of maximum energy efficiency, sustainability, and flexibility that the district as a whole symbolizes. In practical terms, the recovery includes 60% of the existing building as an alternative to its full demolishment minimizes environmental impact thanks to reduced energy and raw material consumption. Speaking of which, over 10% of the building’s energy demand is granted by a latest-generation PV system. Design: Snøhetta e Park Associati. It is planned to be completed in 2023.

  • EU 2050 Net-zero CO2 emissions
  • 120,000 m2 Public spaces
  • Cradle to Cradle Certification

A green bridge with a great future.

The renovation of the “Pirellino” – a historic building designed in the 1950s by a team of Italian architects (Gandolfi, Putelli, Bazzoni, Fratino) – encompasses a total of 110,00 m2, 27 thousand of which destined to be public spaces to create a link with the BAM - Biblioteca degli Alberi Milano. The construction, which has hosted the city’s public design department up to 2013, includes a 90-metre, 26-floor tower, a 3-level underground parking lot, and a bridge-shaped lower unit extending to Via Melchiorre Gioia. The latter element is set to become an educational greenhouse and biodiversity lab. The new residential tower will also be the habitat for 700 m2 of plants laid out so that the colours of their flowers may vary with the seasons. An alive and kicking ecosystem that will contribute to the absorption of 14 t/year of CO2 and release of 9 t/year of oxygen (as much as a 10,000-m2 forest). 2,770 m2 of PV panels will provide for 65% of its energy demand. Finally, the 1,800 m3 of its wooden floors will save up to 3,600 t of CO2 in the construction phase. Pirelli 39 will be the first Italian project fully measurable in accordance with ESG criteria.

  • 27,000 m2 Public spaces
  • 26 floors / 90 m (h) The tower
  • -14 t CO2 per year

Smart and independent.

This eminent operation involves the erection of two buildings in the strategic position at the centre of the Porta Nuova Gioia business district, along with the regeneration of the surrounding area. The West Tower, placed beside the BAM - Biblioteca degli Alberi Milano, is surrounded by public spaces combined to form a new square. It will be 65 m tall, will have 35 floors, and will host 813 people. The East Tower will soar to a height of 98 m, and its 24 floors host a maximum of 3,500 people.
Thanks to the 957 PV panels of the West Tower, the 2,174 panels of the East Tower, and the use of an aquifer system for A/C and heating, 65% of the buildings’ consumption will be satisfied through renewable energy.
For safety to be sustainable too, the towers will also be smart buildings thanks to a network of electronic devices for remote monitoring and IoT (Internet of Things) technology. The towers have been designed to achieve LEED PLATINUM, WELL GOLD, NZEB, Cradle to Cradle, and WiredScore certifications, thus reiterating Milan’s and Italy’s role among environmental sustainability protagonists.

  • 65% Demand satisfied by renewable energy
  • 3,131 Total PV panels (957+2,174)
  • WiredScore Certification

History of Portanuova, from the first construction site to modern day

A journey back in time to discover the milestones of the vast urban design and architectural requalification of Portanuova. A colossal operation that has not only redesigned the shapes of the historic district, but has also aligned it to top environmental sustainability and human wellness standards. From Europe’s largest construction site to the most admired and award-winning skyline in the world: a forest of skyscrapers and large public spaces, which identify the District as a dynamic, cutting-edge office and residential building centre, as well as a state-of-the-art location even in terms of quality of life and services offered.

2005-2008

The site opens – inauguration of Fondazione Riccardo Catella.

2007. Two years of non-stop work had gone by. Requalifying, tearing down, rebuilding, opening up new public spaces and new connections. Fondazione Riccardo Catella, dedicated to urban sustainability culture and quality of life through promotion of public spaces and green areas, was born in this bustling atmosphere. The foundation’s premises are a late-1800s building, formerly a film set and an art workshop. Its restoration is respectful of the historic structure, and was offered to the community as an example of an industrial archaeology upgraded (also in accordance with its mission) in an eco-friendly manner. In fact, the building uses 100% green (no-CO2) electrical energy. The 4,000 m2 of the foundation’s public gardens were also the first portion of what is now BAM - Biblioteca degli Alberi Milano, also inaugurated in 2007. This year marked the beginning of work to demolish the Stecca degli Artigiani, which was rebuilt as Stecca3, still serving its original function as the home of cultural and handicraft organizations. In 2008, the construction of the Viale Don Luigi Sturzo tunnel began. Today, its spine hosts a pedestrian path from Piazza Gae Aulenti to BAM.

2011

Milan receives a new pinnacle from the sky.

The press from the time tells of a crowd of onlookers with their nose pointed upwards for long hours to witness the spectacular laying of the 80-m spire by a helicopter. It was then mounted piece by piece atop the UniCredit Tower, Italy’s tallest tower (231m, visible from 10 km away), and part of a complex of sustainable skyscrapers laid out in circle around Piazza Gae Aulenti, almost as if to protect it with their eminence. Since it is fully covered in LED lights, it may take on different colour combinations. Short after, another business skyscraper would tower above the neighbourhood with its 30 storeys and 140-m height: it is the Diamond Tower, a gem harmoniously set in the bezel of Milan’s District to make it shine a new light. Distinguished by its irregular prism structure and windows, even the Diamond Tower – like every building at Portanuova – was designed following sustainability, low-energy consumption, and human wellness standards.

2012

Birth of Piazza Gae Aulenti, birth of the Portanuova District.

Piazza Gae Aulenti was designed – like the UniCredit Tower – by Argentinian architect César Pelli, and was connected to the renowned Corso Como by means of a pedestrian path. Along with the UniCredit Tower, the square would immediately become a symbol of the neighbourhood and would become its pounding heart, given its strategic position and the wide range of trendy shops and exclusive restaurants and cafés. This year marked the unveiling, at the District’s south entrance, of the conceptual artwork The Egg, by Alberto Garutti, a public installation that – by means of 23 chrome-plated brass pipes – amplifies and reverberates sounds and voices of the District. Also in 2012, the UniCredit Tower achieved the LEED GOLD certification, as the District welcomed a new star: Solaria, 34 floors, 148 m high, Italy’s tallest residential building. A great achievement, echoed by another: UniCredit Tower was named “one of the 10 best skyscrapers in the world”. A couple hundred metres below, with more of a cultural ambition than one measured in architectural height, the Art Incubator made its appearance at the District. Finally, the area’s people-oriented dimension found a new form in the laying of the mixed-use path connecting Porta Nuova Varesine and Porta Nuova Garibaldi business districts.

2014-2016

A forest of architectures and a wheat field.

As a new street dedicated to the Castiglioni brothers while the Giardino De Castillia park was opened to the public after 5 years of work, the surprising, newborn skyscraper Bosco Verticale won the International Highrise Award for the most beautiful and innovative tall building in the world. A recognition confirming the green nature of the state-of-the-art towers, as well as their extraordinary architecture. “A home for trees that can also host humans and birds” was the description given by its designer Stefano Boeri. Speaking of versatility, Gioiaotto, a mixed-use building (50% offices, 50% hotel), was the first building in Italy to ever achieve a LEED PLATINUM certification, while the Solaria (143 m) and Aria (80 m) towers were awarded by the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA). This action-packed triennium ended with a temporary artwork for Expo 2015: Wheatfield, by Agnes Denes. A 50,000-m2 wheat field planted and grown with the people of Milan right in the city centre, in the future location of the BAM. In the meantime, Piazza Gae Aulenti was assigned the coveted Landscape Institute Award 2016 and the new Feltrinelli Porta Volta bookstore welcomed the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation and the Microsoft House in its vibrant 9,700 m2. But the District’s far-sightedness does not forget the past, and on 25 April, the Italian Liberation Day, it gave the city the House of Memory, a privately-funded gift dedicated to those who fought in the name of freedom and democracy, the foundations of our civic life.

2018-2019

The BAM park and whoosh of recognitions, fresh air for the District.

Biblioteca degli Alberi Milano, the third-largest park in downtown Milan, opened its branches, and was immediately nicknamed “the lung of Portanuova”. As it introduced itself to its city, BAM revealed its natural heritage: a jaw-dropping collection of green “artworks” including 100 species, 135,000 plants, 22 circular forests, 500 trees, and 35,000 m2 of grass. A unique example of contemporary garden in Italy. 100,000 m2 of permanently open greenery, animated – in the spring and summer – by scents, colours, butterflies, and little birds. A place of encounter but even an unexpected urban oasis to perform fitness exercises and regenerate one’s physical and mental wellness. Also an outdoor location for art, culture, and music events. A pride and joy for the District, reinvigorated by 3 new recognitions: the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Award assigned to Bosco Verticale, named “among the 50 most influential tall buildings of the last 50 years”; the Merit Award of Excellence assigned to Solaria & Aria at the AIA Awards; and the MIPIM Awards for “Best Urban Regeneration Project” and “Best Office & Business Development” conferred to Portanuova and Feltrinelli Porta Volta, respectively.

2021

Requalification and innovation at the most awarded District of all.

2021 started with the assignment of the regeneration project of Pirelli 39 to Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Stefano Boeri Architetti. The building is the historic 1950s skyscraper boasting of a 90-m, 26-floor tower, also designed as the habitat of 700 m2 of plants laid out so that the colours of their flowers vary with the seasons. This ecosystem will absorb 14 t/year of CO2 and release 9 t/year of oxygen (as much as a 10,000-m2 forest!). New project underway, two old projects happily ended. One is Gioia 22 (26 floors and a height of 120 m), known as the “splinter” due to the incisiveness of its architecture, focused on optimizing light requirements. A new benchmark of aesthetics and functionality for office buildings and an example of best practice for sustainable architecture, which has earned it the recognition as the first tower in Italy to meet Nearly Zero Energy Consumption Building standards. The second project was the redevelopment of what is now the Corso Como Place, a complex including the iconic 21-floor tower (standing at 70 m). It is a candidate as the first-ever office complex in Milan to achieve a WELL Building Institute certificate and, even thanks to its 1,000 PV modules, as a Nearly Zero Energy Consumption Building. The skyscrapers are designed to use technology based on a network of IoT (Internet of Things) sensors in order to remotely monitor every activity occurring in the smart buildings.

Architects

20 architects from 8 different countries have given life to the buildings of the District, designing its public spaces, its green areas, and its network of pedestrian paths.

Antonio Citterio / Patricia Viel

Antonio Citterio opened his architecture firm in 1972. In 2000, he founded a multidisciplinary architecture and interior design company in Milan with Patricia Viel. The firm works on complex designs of every size worldwide. It operates in synergy with a network of specialized consultants, and is involved in urban design, design of residential, mixed-used structures, corporate headquarters, and hotels, as well as preservation of historic buildings. Among its most recent creations, there are the new Fastweb telecommunications headquarters at the Symbiosis business hub of Milan, several luxury hotels in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and a residential building in Miami-Surfside.

Arquitectonica

With offices in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Manila, Lima, and San Paolo, Arquitectonica is an outstanding presence on the international stage. Ever since its foundation in 1977, the company has turned a great number of heads and was critically and publicly acclaimed thanks to a bold modernism, immediately identified with a renaissance of Miami’s urban landscape. Led by Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear, Arquitectonica continues to raise the bar of design with its innovative use of materials, shapes, patterns, and colours to introduce the modern humanistic design brand to the world. Today, its creations have gained international recognition, with their presence in 59 countries in all 5 continents.

Baukuh

Baukuh was founded in 2004 by Paolo Carpi (1974), Silvia Lupi (1973), Vittorio Pizzigoni (1975), Giacomo Summa (1976), Pier Paolo Tamburelli (1976), and Andrea Zanderigo (1974), and is headquartered in Milan and Genoa. Baukuh has completed the House of Memory in Milan in 2015, and the flagship store of the Poretti brewery in Induno Olona (Varese) in 2019. Its current projects include the restoration of the Seminar School in Hoogstraten and the masterplan for the Pupillen Site in Aalst (both in Belgium), as well as the strategic plan for the Student City of Tirana (Albania). Baukuh has won numerous international architecture and urban design competitions, and it has curated art exhibitions and taken part in a large number of large-scale contemporary art festivals and shows, both domestic and international.

Boeri Studio

With its headquarters in Milan, and branches in Shanghai and Tirana, Stefano Boeri Architetti (Boeri Studio up to 2008) has worked in design and research since 1993, mainly focused on architecture and urban design, but also involved the cultural, product design, and interior design fields. A point of reference – both in Italy and abroad – in sectors including sustainable architecture for biodiversity, social housing, and urban development strategies at different levels, Stefano Boeri Architetti has given life to architecture and urban regeneration projects in complex locations and in more than one continent. In a continuous multidisciplinary dialogue, it has developed specific and innovative solutions for a wide range of geographical and socioeconomic contexts.

Caputo Partnership International

In over 30 years in the business, Milan-based architecture firm Caputo Partnership International has worked on architecture and urban design projects, restoration of historic buildings, and the creation of new residential and office buildings, museums, high-profile and social housing residential compounds, shopping centres and multipurpose centres, sports facilities, and accommodation structures. In the past few years, the firm has specialized in urban regeneration, requalification, and repurposing of historic buildings, gaining significant and certified experience in Italy and abroad.

Cino Zucchi Architetti

CZA Cino Zucchi Architetti is among the most renowned architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design firms in Europe. Its goal is to combine innovation and research, guaranteeing maximum professional flexibility and responding to complex requests at every scale, thanks to its articulated and transversal skills. The firm has designed and created a large number of commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings, public spaces, as well as agricultural, industrial, and historic area recovery projects and masterplans. It has taken part in numerous national and international competitions, and is also active in the interior design and exhibition fields.

COIMA Image

Founded in the 1980s, COIMA Image is a company that offers architectural design, interior design, and space planning services. Fuelled by individual design solutions rather than a pre-set style, its mission is to create top-quality environments and locations with the utmost attention to the context. At the core of its common effort there is design excellence: it does not see its works as the implementation of distinguishing architectural features, but as a collaborative process involving every client to create high-quality designs in terms of planning, budget and delivery time compliance, meticulous execution, aesthetic appeal, design research, and user experience.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Founded in 1981, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) is a design studio whose practice embraces the fields of architecture, urban design, art installations, multimedia performance, digital media, and the press. By focusing on cultural and civic projects, DS+R’s work addresses the changing role of institutions and the future of cities. The studio is based in New York and is comprised of over 100 architects, designers, artists, and researchers, led by four partners: Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro, and Benjamin Gilmartin. Recent projects include the 35-acre Zaryadye Park adjacent to the Kremlin in Moscow; the Museum of Image and Sound in Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro; the Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive at the University of California - Berkley; and the Juilliard School of Tianjin, China. The studio is currently working on a series of cultural projects worldwide, including the New Museum of Transport in Hungary, the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre of Adelaide, and the new Collection and Research Centre of the V&A Museum in London (under construction).

EDAW

EDAW was an international architecture firm specialized in landscape architecture, urban design, and environmental design, active from 1939 to 2009. Ever since its foundation in San Francisco, the firm has grown to become the most well-known landscape architecture and urban design firm in the world, with 32 offices worldwide. EDAW has developed numerous landscape architecture, land planning, and master planning projects, gaining the reputation as one of the first-ever innovators in sustainable urban design and multidisciplinary design. EDAW is an acronym derived from Eckbo, Dean, Austin, and Williams, the names of the four founding partners of the company: Garrett Eckbo, Edward Williams, Francis Dean, and Don Austin. The company has been taken over by the US engineering conglomerate AECOM in 2005, ceasing to exist as a standalone practice in 2009, when it was fully absorbed by the latter.

Gehl Architects

Gehl is an urban design and research consultancy firm. It avails itself of skills in the architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and city planning fields. The firm addresses global trends with a people-centred approach, using empirical analysis to understand how the built environment may promote human wellness. Such analysis is applied to people-centred strategic planning and design to empower citizens, institutions, corporate leaders, and organizations. Its consolidated and holistic approach starts with the study of life – from user group activity to behaviour patterns – in order to shape, at a second stage, public spaces, so as to incentivize their development.

Inside Outside

Petra Blaisse founded Inside Outside in 1991. The Dutch firm operates worldwide in different creative areas – textile industry, landscape architecture, and exhibition design – and has focused on projects of a growing technical level, ambition, and scale. Its work introduces a flexible form of architecture and composition, by working on soft and malleable – often alive – materials that create constantly evolving movement and effects. Its main instruments are sound, light, climate, and the effects of time.

Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects

KPF is a unified architectural practice, focused on the design of buildings of all types and scales, in all geographic regions. The company hires 700 employees at its offices in New York, London, San Francisco, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Abu Dhabi, Berlin, and Singapore. Its projects include the world’s tallest towers, longest spans, most varied programs, and inventive forms. Its goal is to find the smartest solution for each project, optimize programmatic functions, strengthen the urban context, promote sustainable environments, advance the commercial success of development strategies, and create beautiful buildings that reflect and inspire the communities they serve.

Land

LAND is an international landscape architecture firm with offices in Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. Since 1990, under the guidance of its creative director and founder Andreas Kipar, its landscapists, architects, and planners design open spaces from the detail scale to the masterplan scale. It creates revitalized urban landscapes, parks and waterscapes, infrastructure and residential buildings, as well as retail and corporate open spaces as part of territorial development strategies for entire regions, cities, and places. Inspired by local vocations, LAND’s landscape design proactively addresses current social, cultural, and environmental challenges.

Lucien Lagrange Architects

Lucien Lagrange Studio, based in Chicago, provides architecture and design services from concept design to project completion, with a special focus on luxury residences and hotels. Buildings designed by LLS are praised for the refinedness of their details, their elegant proportions, their unique craftsmanship, and their timeless quality. Such features make them memorable and iconic. By applying a modern approach to classic principles, each project is handled with extreme care and attention. LLS promotes solid and long-lasting relationships with its clients by adapting and responding to their demands. Its designs exceed end-user expectations and spark the interest and imagination of surrounding communities with their unique and precious personality.

Mario Cucinella Architects

This firm, headquartered in Bologna and New York, avails itself of an international team of architects, civil engineers, graphic designers, modelists, and researchers. Founded in Paris in 1992, and once again in Bologna in 1999, the firm has a strong experience in architectural design combining environmental and energy-saving strategies, availing itself of an in-house R&D department that conducts research on sustainability topics following a holistic approach. All of its creations are considerate of technological integration with environmental and climate strategies. In this way, its buildings have a reduced environmental impact – with an eye on EU goals – and also have a positive social impact, thanks to greater participation and public accessibility of its design and urban transformation processes.

Michele De Lucchi

Ever since the start of his career in architecture Michele De Lucchi, born in Ferrara in 1951, has designed lamps and furnishings for the most famed Italian and European companies, and was Chief Designer at Olivetti from 1988 to 2002. He has worked on architectural design and restoration projects for offices in Japan (NTT), Germany (Deutsche Bank), Switzerland (Novartis), and Italy (Enel, Olivetti, Piaggio, Poste Italiane, Telecom Italia), always introducing technical and aesthetic innovation to the workplaces. He supervised numerous art and design exhibition setups, and has designed museum buildings, as well as working on an abundance of public and private architectural projects both nationally and internationally. He has recently worked on various projects for the City of Milan: the Expo 2015 pavilions (Pavilion Zero, Expo Centre, and Intesa Sanpaolo Pavilion) and the UniCredit Pavilion in Piazza Gae Aulenti.

Muñoz + Albin

Located in Houston, Texas, and with 60 years of experience, Munoz + Albin is a design studio with a diverse project portfolio. Munoz + Albin is currently designing projects both domestically and internationally in 9 countries. Munoz + Albin collaborates closely with clients and consultants to best translate their vision and demands into buildings and spaces of a memorable character. The studio takes pride in creating imaginative solutions, always seeking a high sense of aesthetics in a responsible and sustainable way. It invests significant time in the creative process for a customized design, which results in one-of-a-kind solutions for each building, target market, and urban context.

Park Associati

Founded in Milan in 2000 by Filippo Pagliani and Michele Rossi, Park Associati’s goal is to model a vision interpreting and synthetizing the specific variables of each project. Among the firm’s main specializations, there are headquarter buildings, designed to be corporate homes embodying their distinguishing values. Bold constructions – such as the Salewa headquarters in Bolzano, and the Luxottica and Nestlé HQ in Milan – stand out for a constantly evolving and distinct style, which also reflects an open, vast, and scientific creative process. Urban regeneration and the adaptation of historic and modernist buildings are additional key areas of the firm.

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Founded in 1977 by Cesar Pelli, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has designed some of the most famed buildings in the world. Its multi-awarded portfolio includes the World Financial Center in New York, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong, and the Salesforce Tower and Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco. Every project is a testament of its attention to sustainability, building character, materials, and technology. It has designed offices, hotels, and residential buildings, as well as performing arts centres, museums, academic buildings, libraries, research centres, and masterplans.

Piuarch

Founded in 1996 by Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini, and Monica Tricario, Piuarch is an architecture firm that works on projects ranging from office and retail buildings, to residential structures, to urban regeneration and recovery of cultural spaces. It has gained worldwide recognition thanks to its cooperation with some of the main fashion houses, including Dolce&Gabbana, Gucci, Fendi, and Givenchy. The firm has been awarded with the “Architetto Italiano dell’anno 2013” (2013 Italian architect of the year) award and two Honourable Mentions for the Gold Medal at the Milan Triennale, it is a regular at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, and has been honoured with numerous dedicated publications and monograms.

PLP/Architecture

PLP Architecture is a London-based group of architects, designers, and thinkers who value the transformative role of ideas and architecture’s ability to inspire. The practice was founded by a group of partners including Lee Polisano, David Leventhal, Karen Cook, and Ron Bakker, who have been working together for over 30 years. Despite its rich history and experience of collective work on projects all around the world, the firm maintains the culture of a young start-up. Its strengths are innovation and creativity to produce intelligent, exciting and ground-breaking designs through a continual commitment to social, economic, and environmental ideals. The foundation of its work lies in a commitment to urban quality of life, a delight in the handling of material, space, and light, along with an optimism about architecture’s potential to enrich our society.

Snohetta

Snøhetta (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈsnøːˌhɛtɑ]) was born as a collaborative architecture and landscape architecture workshop, and has always stayed true to its transdisciplinary philosophy. Snøhetta’s career began in 1989, and for over 30 years it has designed some of the most important public and cultural works in the world, from the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina library of Alexandria (Egypt) to the National September 11 Museum at the World Trade Center in New York City. Today, Snøhetta has grown to become a world-famous firm specialized in architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, product, graphic, and digital design and art, with 280 employees of over 30 different nationalities and an equal gender distribution. The practice has a global presence, with offices in Oslo, Paris, Innsbruck, New York, Hong Kong, Adelaide, and San Francisco.

Studio M2P Associati

Studio M2P was born in Milan in 1994. Its current partners are architects Matteo Tartufoli and Matteo Paloschi. The firm has developed a large number of projects of different magnitudes and with different use destinations, for public and private clients both in Italy and abroad. Among its most significant creations in Milan, it is worth mentioning the Santa Teresa media library in Via della Moscova and the restoration of the Campanile dei Monaci belltower of the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio complex.

William McDonough & Partners

WM+P executes a diverse array of international projects from its design studio in Charlottesville, Virginia. Founded by William McDonough in New York in 1981, the practice relocated to Charlottesville in 1994, when McDonough became Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. The firm’s architects work closely with McDonough to give life to concepts designed with an eye on long-term impact. Through William McDonough’s visionary leadership, WM+P has been at the forefront of “green” architecture and circular economy movements for over 30 years, creating a pioneering architecture and a number of recognized flagships of sustainable design.