Design of central Milan development goes to Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Stefano Boeri Architetti

New York’s Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS + R) and Stefano Boeri Architetti have won an international architectural competition for the $300m Pirelli 39 development in Milan.

Pirelli 39 is located in the centre of the Porta Nuova Gioia, close to Milan’s central station, and work on the project will renovate current structures, while adding a new residential tower and a bridge building.

The residential building will contain 1,700 sq m of vegetation, absorbing 14 tons of CO2 and producing nine tons of oxygen per year. The tower will self-produce 65% of its energy needs with 2,770 sq m of photovoltaic panels.

An existing structure will be renovated for office space while preserving its original character.

The bridge building is a redesign of an existing separating wall and will contain event and exhibition space.

Milan’s Library of Trees will be extended with a laboratory and greenhouse, offering educational space.

Stefano Boeri, Stefano Boeri Architetti founder, said: "This project will reinvigorate the iconic former Pirellino building, creating a new tower that mixes architecture and nature to create a green space that is open to the whole city.

"In such a difficult period, this project relaunches the vision of a forward-looking Milan and bravely faces the great challenges of the climate crisis."

The development will create an estimated 5,000 jobs with €300 million of investment.

Images courtesy of DS + R and Stefano Boeri Architetti

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