La Serenissima Office Building

Via Filippo Turati, 34, Milano, Italy

LEED Gold Certified Building

The building known as “Palazzo Campari” was designed in the 1960s by Ermenegildo and Eugenio Soncini in the heart of Milan. It was one of a series of buildings that emerged during the years of an economic boom, representing a new aspect of corporate identity for Italian industry. It was originally characterised by the burnished colour of the metal structure of the facade and tinted glass of the curtain walling. When it was built, it was considered to be modern and technologically advanced. Today however, many of its undeniably attractive aspects have become outdated with regards to current standards of building construction. For this reason the new owner, aware of its quality and evocative presence, decided to bring in architects to redesign the complex with respect to the original layout.

The aim of the new scheme was to provide a maximum level of flexibility in terms of the division of the internal spaces, with the sense of uniformity given by the system of the internal lighting and improved access and circulation. Other elements central to the design were the use of additional space at ground floor level as well as an overall reworking of the structure of the elevations, making it more open and vibrant. These new elevations are the main feature of the design. On via Turati boxes, burnished colour, perforated and press-formed aluminium (lit up at night) are used in a rhythm that enables the elevation to be reworked, ensuring maximum flexibility in terms of the division of the internal spaces. On via Cavalieri the original lower elevation, that is in direct relation with the nearby Cà Brutta, appears sleek and flat, with predominant use of grey for the glazed surfaces, it reflects its historic surroundings.