Via Crespi - 20100 MILANO (MI)
View of the complex
Source of photograph:
• Tertiary and Commerce
• Office building

• Multifunctional center

• Industrial area

• Private property


The Maciachini Center is a multifunctional complex that stands in an area that was formerly occupied by the pharmaceutical company Carlo Erba. The four blocks define a new urban landscape by mixing directional functions and service and recreational areas, with stores, fitness centers, restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, a large park accessible to the residents.

The complex is structured in four blocks, whose refined articulation tends to define, like communicating vessels, their mutual separation in an uninterrupted and harmonious setting.

The architecture of the four buildings displays different compositions, in the search for a dialectical relationship between emergencies, relationship spaces, vegetation and urban fabric.

This system forms a geometrically composed complex, moderate in the alternation of volumes and voids, transparency and walls, series and curves, but at the same time dynamic and permeable to the complex social and city life and it is, therefore, a strong point of attraction.

The building overlooking via Crespi looks like a linear glass wing that defines a kind of limit, which is capable of interpreting the city that reflects in it in a continuous play of changing reflections. The linear metal sheet covering has a strongly asymmetrical trapeze geometry.

The two buildings in the area, which are parallel to via Crespi, form a sort of H-shaped plan. The joining element of this configuration is a glass tower, which articulates the geometry of the whole complex and organizes the vertical paths and systems. Identified by a bright and clear structure with a balanced alternation of volumes and voids, the tower plays a symbolic role in the global language of the setting, since it is a strategic reception point. The glass surfaces and the curved landings intersected by the four glass-covered elevator shafts have a strong visual impact.

The last building is the result of the renovation and partial expansion of an existing building. It is the diaphragm of the complex: it is the separation element between the north and south areas through a strongly expressive architecture, the contemporary translation of the typical specimen of industrial archaeology. The north facade is characterized by a huge portico, described by steel columns tapered at its ends, in a particularly plastic morphological and compositional model. The front is framed by two corten-clad towers that contain fire-escapes. The head overlooking via Crespi, on the other hand, proposes a light and clear winding structure, enhanced by sunscreens.

From the technical-planning point of view, the complex is characterized by its strong engineering content.

The design philosophy at the base of the systems project has been that of giving the commissioner a series of buildings that could be sold and managed under a multi-tenant concept, in addition to the guarantee of maximum flexibility in the office partitions. This is why each building is fully autonomous as for the generation of hot and cold water by multipurpose cooling units. Moreover, every floor is ready for the installation of heat, hot and cold water meters.

The offices are equipped with hanging fans/heaters with top performance in terms of air flexibility and quality. The primary air is humidified by high-pressure vaporized water subject to osmosis.

Each building is equipped with a couple of elevators without engine-room, of which one has a removable ceiling and a special cabin ready for anchoring protection mats for moving and goods handling. The garage is equipped with mandatory firefighting and ventilation systems.

How to get there:
Public transportation: MM3;Overground lines: 3 - 4 -620 - 90 - 91 - 70 - 92 - 82 - 51 - 52 - 41 - 200

Modern architecture in the surrounding areas:
McCann World Group; Italcima factory; Torno International s.p.a. headquarters; Santi Paolo e Giovanni church

Centro Polifunzionale Maciachini, in OVO n. 6, 2007

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