After their massive spread in America and Asia straddling the beginning of the millennium, residential towers represent a renewed type in the European landscape. Differently from the host service towers, in the European imagination the urban residential tower, was associated with the modernist and peripheral popular conurbation. Only recently architectural projects, for instance: in Milan’s Porta Nuova, have introduced the urban residential tower in the catalogue of the types of habitations that can accommodate prestigious and dignified houses.
How to create an innovative residential tower that in the same time, it couldn’t’ be categorize as an architectural luxury real estate element?
The Maggiolina’s intervention wants to reach this goal maximizing design innovation, technology and process of the project.
The tower has 15 residential floors. The architectural concept proposed a series of 16 superposition plateau, almost considered “plan livre”. The shape of each individual plan can change, adapting it to the needs of the interior without compromising the external image of the building. This flexible distribution is possible thanks to the most advanced construction technology, plugging with ceiling or floor system and also for an Integrated BIM Planning from the very beginning of the first steps of this project.

Dontstop interpreted the challenge that BIM program launches to the architects as an incentive to explore new possibilities of space, a relation in which experimenting a new dialogue with the other actors of the project (engineering and project management but also customers and construction company). A tower that represents the state of arts, at the highest levels of innovation in design and construction process. It is the results of an experimental but controlled architecture. The tower is a response to contemporary desires such as open spaces, green, customization of interior spaces, maximum energy performance and sustainability of the building, construction and maintenance affordable costs.
A building that reflects these characteristics in its architecture, which reinterprets the obsessive modularity of the ’60s and’ 70s in a contemporary and varied way using styles and sizes in dialogue with the Modern Milanese post-war architecture, which tells us how it can nowadays be possible to draw something, responding to various desires and different lifestyles keeping connected the different parts.

  • Project: Abitare in Maggiolina
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Year : 2016
  • Team: Michele Brunello e Marco Brega (Partners) with Alessandro Agosti  (project leader)
  • Zhang Xu, Olga Massaro, Jacopo Nori, Mattia Depredati (team)
  • Client: AbitareIn

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