White Wave

Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milano, Italy

This building is part of the Porta Nuova urban renewal project in the heart of Milan. It has an area of about 22,500 square metres distributed over five stories and a ground floor for an overall height of 26 metres. This contrasts with the general plan which calls for much taller buildings. The commercial portion is contained along a portico on ground level, while the five upper levels are for offices.

The simple and sinuous form of the building articulates and integrates two volumes in a single element distinguished by a deep central fissure. The two façades are treated differently: the one facing north is characterized by large windows, while the curved southern façade is protected by a system of sun blinds. The building, incorporates a system of internal courtyards with coloured walls.