La Corte Verde di Corso Como

Via Francesco Viganò, 28, Milan, Italy

The residential complex “La Corte Verde” (the Green Court) represents a small but important part of its location, It creates an element of transition between the new high volumes to the North and the existing urban fabric to the South. The architect placed the volume on the east edge, overlooking the large green via Viganò street, while the West edge onto via Rosales is defined by a low wall which protects the garden and by a canopy that protects the vehicular access to the underground parking and their stair block.

The front and back façades of the building have very different architectural features. They were chosen in relationship to the disposition of their interiors, their position in the city and their sun orientation. The East front on via Viganò, which hosts the bedrooms, stair blocks and bathrooms, is distinguished by a broken profile which alternates bulges in the form of “bow-windows” and high stacks of floor-to-ceiling windows. The West side, where the living areas extend in large continuous terraces, creates a long screen overlooking the garden. In the upper floors, the stepped profile creates large hanging gardens overlooked by apartments on two floors.

The different materials and textures of the façades are unified by a colour palette in various warm grey tones. These together with the projecting single gable profile recalls the historical city without any direct quotation of its stylistic features. In this sense the new building, more than mimicking the language of the existing city, constitutes its “abstract” re-reading capable of creating an effective transition between the new Porta Nuova complex and the building fabric surrounding Corso Como.

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