In the center of the Fiera Milano development, a residential high-rise building and an adjacent office tower are conceived as a pair, together symbolising the ambitions of the new neighborhood that mixes living and working. The residential tower is conceived as a stone figure which counterbalances the transparent glass of the office tower. In both towers, parts of the floor plates are carved out which creates a series of communal 'niches', so as to combine urban living with suburban community feeling.
In the center of the Fiera di Milano development, a residential high-rise forms a monumental twin pair with a neighboring office tower, that symbolizes the ambitions of the new neighborhood: a mix of housing and working. The residential tower is conceived as a stone figure, that counterbalances the glass and transparency of the office tower. It shelters its domestic component. The apartments are grouped around a core, which allows for different apartment types and sizes.
By carving out parts of the floor plates, a series of protected, communal 'niches' are created. The adjacent apartment are being given access to terraces. By connecting these terraces with stairs a communal spirit can be achieved. It forms almost Balinese 'pocketparks' with communal aspirations. It allows for apartments with neighborhood possibilities. A combination of cosmopolitan housing and suburban qualities. The terraces create 'addresses' for the otherwise anonymous apartments.
Glass curtains protect the pockets from extreme climatic conditions. These curtains are suspended from the ceilings of the niches by means of steel wires. The glass plates are operable by simple mechanisms allowing fresh air to enter on nice days.
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