Social housing Sarpi-Bramante
By the will of the Fondo Immobiliare Cà Granda, a social housing intervention in the Sarpi district: historical facades conceal habitable courtyards permeable to the city.
COMPETITION by invitation (WINNING PROJECT), ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN (schematic, FINAL), ARTistic DIRECTION - 2018/ONGOING
Via Sarpi is unique. Its is the story of a piece of Milan – of an ancient Milanese suburb – that takes on a central role in the internationalization of the city since the beginning of the twentieth century. In this street there is a Milanese essence, the extreme density, the capillary presence of stores, the road section where different flows coexist, the anonymous and current character of the architecture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which Sarpi has miraculously safeguarded even in the face of the fact that it has been the scene of incredible innovations: the presence of commerce and ethnically connoted crafts, the pedestrianization of recent years and the maintenance of a character of historical living.
The intervention of total renovation of the block between Sarpi, Bramante and Niccolini streets, tends to assume this uniqueness in its main declinations and to outline a new future perspective while maintaining the salient features. First of all, the extreme density, typical of Milanese villages but more accentuated than elsewhere in via Sarpi. Secondly, the variety of housing, which has seen, among the Milanese suburbs, Sarpi as an element of “resistance” with gentrification processes that, although there have been, have not changed the general character of the neighborhood. Thirdly, the strong integration with commerce that, in this case, is even more driven by the presence of common and commercial spaces.
The intervention foresees the realization of 200 apartments, which, according to the will of Fondo Immobiliare Ca’ Granda, will be in social housing: in fact, the PGT had not destined it for this purpose. The architectural project consists in the preservation of the existing facade on via Sarpi, via Niccolini and via Bramante, the demolition and reconstruction of the buildings on the street with the recovery of the attics, and the redefinition of the internal courts through the demolition of the three existing buildings that are replaced by two completely new buildings perpendicular to via Sarpi.
The three new courts resulting (Corte Sarpi, Corte Niccolini, Corte Bramante) are therefore the open space of the block, the basis of its openness and relationship with the city, and have different characteristics: if Corte Sarpi is open to the public (with a bar with terrace, spaces for makers lab and social manager), Corte Niccolini and Corte Bramante have a more domestic character, they are basically dedicated to condominiums and services dedicated to them. This difference in the public and collective character of the courts is a significant reinterpretation of the character of Milanese courtyards, often built in series, often characterized by a gradual “opening” to the outside. On the other hand, towards the street, the commercial character characteristic of the neighborhood is preserved through neighborhood stores and a medium sales area. The apartments will be served by an underground parking on two floors.