Piuarch won the international competition on invitation for design of Snam’s new headquarters in Milan. The project was presented recently and will be completed within 2024 in the Symbiosis district by Convivio, south of Porta Romana.
“ In our project for Snam,” say the architects of Piuarch, ”we considered a broader notion of architecture, one that meets the needs of today’s society. We went beyond the scale of conventional artificial environments that we find in workspaces, landscapes and urban design, trying to establish a sincere dialogue between natural environment, functional and shared spaces ”.
The new headquarters will be located between Via Condino and Via Vezza d’Oglio in an area to the south of Porta Romana which is currently undergoing an innovative, sustainable large-scale urban regeneration. The architects report that the building will be composed of three overlapping volumes divided into 14 floors, with a total surface area of about 19,000 sqm. Piuarch’s concept centres around people, both users and citizens, and the working methods of the future. To allow for these future requirements, the architects have planned flexible, efficient offices with a layout incorporating inclusive spaces fulfilling a number of different functions. The goal is to create an alternation of work areas and spaces for collaboration and innovation, improving people’s comfort and well-being while at the same time contributing to perception of the office not just as a physical workspace but as a place in which to experience a sense of community and generate value.
In line with Piuarch’s commitment to design with a focus on the quality of the environment and construction of a relationship with its surroundings, the new Snam headquarters also adopt an innovative approach toward today’s principal environmental challenges.
The architects say that the building will be constructed to meet the highest standards of sustainability and comfort. Once completed, it will contribute to obtaining important national and international certifications (including LEED & WELL, Casaclima, etc.) and be constructed on the basis of the sustainability criteria of the European Sharing Cities initiative, aimed at decreasing CO₂ m emissions, improving air quality and making cities more liveable.
In collaboration with landscape architect Antonio Perazzi, a park measuring more than 8,500 sqm has been planned around the building, fitting the construction into an innovative, ecological, environmental setting. The presence of the park around the building will be an essential element of the project, one of the key aspects of the new headquarters, and the continuity of greenery between outdoor and indoor spaces is a solution that will significantly improve air quality in the workspace and users’ psychological well-being. The park will incorporate a “verzura” outdoor theatre open to citizens for outdoor events and educational initiatives.
Images courtesy of Piuarch
Project Name: Snam Headquarter
Location: Milano, Italy
Architectural Design: Piuarch (Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini and Monica Tricario), Project leaders: Gianni Mollo, Luca Lazzerotti
Structural Design S.C.E. Project
MEP Design Tekser
Landscape Design Studio Antonio Perazzi
Façade Design Studio di Ingegneria Rigone
Site Management: ARTELIA Italia
Quantity Surveyor: GAD - Global Assistance Development