Elizabeth Diller, Partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro :
“Our studio is thrilled to have this opportunity to make a meaningful architectural contribution to the city of Milan, our first project in Italy. As much of our work focuses on the future of cities, the Pirelli 39 project presents a great opportunity to develop a new model of mixed-use development and sustainable urban growth. The project combines the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings with environmentally responsible new construction, and a vibrant ‘living’ cultural destination devoted to the art and science of plants.”
Stefano Boeri, Founder of Stefano Boeri Architetti :
“This project will reinvigorate the iconic former Pirellino building, creating a new tower that mixes architecture and nature to create a green space that is open to the whole city. In such a difficult period, this project relaunches the vision of a forward-looking Milan and bravely faces the great challenges of the climate crisis.”
The collaboration between DS + R, on the first project in Italy, and Stefano Boeri Architetti represents a partnership that continues COIMA’s approach that has been developed in the last 10 years by the regeneration projects promoted by the group, of collaboration between Italian and international architects, fueling a new season of architecture founded on a new Italian cultural paradigm. The two studios showed a strong alignment on the principles of sustainability, correctly interpreting the guidelines of the competition, with particular focus on environmental impact, continuity with the urban transformation of the area, innovation, community activation, the relationship between nature and the city.
The project was selected by the jury composed of Gregg Jones (partner of the architecture studio Pelli Clarke Pelli and responsible for the masterplan of Porta Nuova Gioia), Alberto Artioli (former Superintendent of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of the city of Milan), Nicolò Di Blasi (formerly Head of Logistics, Infrastructure and Purchasing at Bocconi University), as well as Manfredi Catella, Gabriele Bonfiglioli, Matteo Ravà and Ettore Nobili of COIMA SGR. Architect Leopoldo Freyrie played the role of RUC, Sole Responsible of the Competition.
Source : Stefano Boeri Architetti