Refurbishing an 20th century industrial culture-civilization place – an abandoned factory for raw material manufacture in the old town of Milan – as a typical contemporary culture-information productive space – a market research company – is the basis of this project for a space full of history and possilibilies.
Two levels, a ground floor occupying the building’s second yard, covered in the beginning of the 20th century, and a cross-vaulted basement made of bricks; the intervention reveals the pre-existences and actualize the values and the memories of this colonial flavour space, taking them alive with totally different functions.
The project however make new compositionalò and constructive chioces: a big orange “T” shaped architectural sign – the new company colour – hides the new technological system needed and separates service speces from operative spaces. Beside original stone made floors, the project puts a concrete floor recalling the pre-exsistent industrial character. Yard cover’s old cast iron pillars and brackets are renovated and put side by side with a cover fit to new function’s lightning needs. Etched glasses separate innermost zones – kitchen, meeting room – from the open space working area. Exsisting radiators are put side by side with new forniture specifically designed by Studio Redaelli Speranza: birch wood tables, iron and etched glass sliding doors, and, especially two big iron bookcases which create intimity for usres. Different materials re-discover the place’s memory and create an unique space.
Studio Redaelli Speranza architetti associati, Milan
Gaia Redaelli, Vito Redaelli, Anna Speranza with arch. Christoph Angst
Abitare, n°421, ottobre 2002