A covered gallery between the city and the new park, a flexible home for associations in the Porta Nuova district
2006/2010 - completed
The project of the Art Incubator is part of the Porta Nuova, one of the largest recovery plans for abandoned areas in the center of Milan, in the Isola district.
It is located on the upper edge of the future public park “Biblioteca degli alberi” (designed by Petra Blaisse and Inside Outside), in direct relation with the nearby Catella Foundation and the new annexed garden, constituting with them a new significant space for socializing and meeting. . Said “Stecca 3.0”, architecture is a house for associations, socio-cultural activities and craft that develops on two floors: on the ground floor there are spaces dedicated to laboratories, and on the first floor offices and classrooms for courses. Both on the ground floor and on the first floor there are flexible open spaces, to welcome courses, workshops, seminars, public debates, social dinners. The new building of about 800 square meters, which replaces a previous industrial building in the volumetric consistency and in the grounds, wants to recover and remember, in the use of materials such as sheet metal and the use of simple construction techniques, the productive character area. From a volumetric point of view, the building offers itself as a sort of covered gallery, a passage between the city and the new park. Externally, the building appears as a simple parallelepiped enriched by some elements that mediate between the internal and external space and that serve to amplify the space for outdoor activities even during bad weather days; to the south a large space covers the staircase which is used as an amphitheater, while to the east a cantilevered roof shelters the entrance. The building uses energy-saving and sustainability devices, such as solar and photovoltaic panels and a zero-emission heat pump to air-condition the environment.