Allianz and SOM plan “campus of the future” in Milan

Plans for a redevelopment of Corso Italia 23, the historic headquarters of the Allianz insurance company in Milan, have been displayed in the city.

The design by Chicago architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) imagines a reconstruction of the 1960 development, which was designed by some of the great names of Italian architecture: Gio Ponti, Piero Portaluppi and Antonio Fornaroli.

SOM’s proposal for the 45,000 sq m complex includes a central hub linking all office floors, a conference centre with a 200-seat auditorium, a redesigned courtyard and rooftop gardens and terraces.

Kent Jackson, SOM’s design partner for the project, said: "Corso Italia 23 is a great opportunity to reposition Gio Ponti’s headquarters building and integrate it into the heart of Milan.

"We were also happy that Allianz chose to approach this as an adaptive reuse project, significantly reducing our carbon footprint and embodied energy."

Alexander Gebauer, Allianz Real Estate’s West Europe chief executive, said: "With a focus on innovation and sustainability, we see this redevelopment as building on and enhancing Gio Ponti’s original design intent and creating a truly aspirational workplace campus for today and the future."

Images courtesy of SOM

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