Hines picks out architecture firms for designing MilanoSesto’s “Unione Zero” in Italy

WCN Editorial Team 16 Apr 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The privately owned international real estate firm Hines has selected the final batch of architecture firms that will be designing MilanoSesto’s “Unione Zero” in Italy.

“Unione Zero” is the first private lot in the development of MilanoSesto, which is not only Italy’s biggest urban regeneration project but also one of Europe’s most ambitious, with an area of 1.5 million m2.

The project is the collaboration of several companies, including property owner MilanoSesto, development manager and strategic advisor Hines, and project manager Prelios Group.

Located in North East Milan, in the district of Sesto San Giovanni, MilanoSesto will become a home to over 50,000 people upon completion, transforming the area into a sustainable, all-inclusive urban hub.

Design of the masterplan is by international architecture studio Foster + Partners and includes residential areas, and retail, hospitality and office space.

The plan also includes public realm facilities which sport a ‘green lung’ in the form of a 45-hectare park for the entire Milanese metropolitan area.

“Unione Zero” will be emerging on the former Falck Steelworks site, just 15 minutes from central Milan and adjacent to the City of Health and Research. It is well connected by the metro line and Sesto San Giovanni railway station.

Designed by international architectural studio LAND, “Unione Zero” comprises seven buildings with a total space of 250,000 m2, both above and below ground, alongside 13 hectares of parkland.

Hines selected four distinctively Italian studios with an established track record, locally and abroad, to design the seven buildings that will make up “Unione Zero”.

Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel (ACPV) will be designing an office building and a hotel, Barreca & La Varra will be designing the affordable housing element of “Unione Zero”, Park Associati will be in charge of the student housing, and Scandurra Studio Architettura will be designing the free market residential space.

The selected partners will work on Foster + Partners’ masterplan design. “Unione Zero’s” first construction phase will begin gradually from the second half of 2021.

Hines Italy senior managing director & country head Mario Abbadessa said: “We are very pleased with the results of the selection which saw the participation of some of the most important architecture firms in Italy and abroad. The choice of the four outstanding Italian architectural practices is an important signal for our country. I am convinced that, while every studio has its own specific features and style, they will be integrated into a synergic project in line with Foster + Partners’ plan. The challenge will be innovating and projecting the area into the future with a contemporary project, while preserving the memory of an industrial site with a great history and enhancing its sustainability and integration with the local community.”

Several technical professionals, such as executive architects (Artelia Italia, Jacobs Italia, and SCE Project), structural engineers (Studio Capè Ingegneria, MILAN Ingegneria, and SCE Project), plant engineers (Deerns Italia, ESA Engineering, and Moving Ingegneria Impiantistica), quantity surveyor (Gad, and Jacobs Italia), BIM management (Jacobs Italia), and architect of record (Prelios Integra), are working with the design team on the project.

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Located in North East Milan, in the district of Sesto San Giovanni, MilanoSesto will become a home to over 50,000 people upon completion, transforming the area into a sustainable, all-inclusive urban hub. Credit: Dimitris Vetsikas/Pixabay.

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