The intervention designed in Adriano 1 reinterprets the conditions of the context, reconstruing alignments and collimations, becoming a new identifying element capable of dialoguing with the public space and establishing a key element in the definition of a new recognisable urban front. The project is set back from via Adriano, near Piazza Costantino, with the establishment of a new public square, guaranteeing the morphological recomposition of the fabric with the proposed construction of new buildings on via Meucci. The square, therefore, becomes the privileged space on which the main urban front of the new building stands. The architecture is made up of solid elements that alternate with large cavities in an attempt to define a rhythm capable of capturing the urban relations with the context in the articulation of the elevations. Stringcourse elements emphasise the horizontality of the fronts and rhythmically mark the succession of floors, to the point of determining a civil identity on all fronts.
The ground floor of the building is a “public” floor capable of taking on the character of a real base, able to dialogue, through a more significant height perceptible on the outside only by the variation in the size of the stringcourse architrave, compared to the upper floors, with the buildings of the surrounding context. The building is characterised by the construction of a higher building towards the square, a smaller volume in the rear part along via Meucci, and an internal courtyard, a reinterpretation of the theme of the Milanese gardens, which defines a private enclosed space that is able, however, to visually relate with the outside public space through two large windows. It is, therefore, possible from the public space to identify a visual sequence consisting of a square, a collective built space, and a courtyard. From a material point of view, the project is characterised by the use of a beige cement finishing surface with hammered treatment that gives it a strong materiality capable of connoting the civil character of the new architecture, expressing a cultural continuity through the reinterpretation of the material of the Milanese architectural culture.
Client: UNIABITA soc. coop
Volume: 4.700 m3
Surface: 1.300 m2
Project year: 2018-2019
Architectural project: FORM_A
Design team: Andrea Fradegrada, Sandra Maglio
Consultants: ZH srl, B&C Associati
Images: Onirism, Giovanni Munafò