Neighborhood
“I Giardini di Macchi 61” is located in the heart of Milan city center, just a few meters far
from the Central Train Station and in one of the fastest-growing real estate areas of the
past months. Its surroundings are undoubtedly valuable and characterized by a significant
urban and visual consistency, being a clear example of a strong and authentic Milanese
heritage and maintaining its truly Italian DNA.

Global Design & Architecture Design Awards 2019
First Award | Category: Housing (More than 5 Floors) (Concept)

Architect: SA- Architecture
Country: Italy

Besides the most recent additions, the blocks around resemble the typical XX century
eclectic and heterogeneous architectural footprint indeed, which still appears intact in its
harmony and presents itself as an accordingly styled uniform group.

This neighborhood is seeing a new phase of great renewal and expansion, while the old
and unused warehouses next to the central station are planned to be or being restored to
become hosting locations for happenings and exhibitions already. During Salone del
Mobile, both Men’s and Women’s Milan Fashion Weeks and all the other international
events that take place annually, this specific area becomes of an utter interest for its
position and its numerous spaces to rent.

Project
The project aims to realize one prestigious and exclusive downtown residential building,
with its new kind of modernity given by the wide and bright windows and its wise use of
materials; that will be highly complimented by the strategically inserted green spaces,
giving literally every single flat a new private garden.

Lifting the entire space two-stories high on the main front, the original architectural shell is finally rebuilt on the relevant Via Mauro Macchi axis, redefining its street appearance in an elegant and consistent way by reaching the height of the highest building on its sides while respecting its insertion context.

The architectural language of this building is well-integrated with its surrounding indeed,
declaring its Milanese imprint by a frame-based design of its facades, that harmoniously
recalls the rhythm of the close-by building, with a contemporary and distinctive vocabulary.

Macchi’s 61 flats are built following the newest and highest A-energy class standards,
strictly due to the latest criteria in terms of environmental sustainability and thermal
efficiency; while using advanced heating systems and the highest quality materials.

Apartments
Visual convenience, living comfort, and energy efficiency are the main features of the living units. Its inviting, cozy main hall lets glimpse through the green area hosted by the internal court. As it is a specific feature shared by many Milanese buildings, the result is a discrete yet elegant relationship between the public space and the new courtyard’s green area.

Through a visual journey characterized by its semi-transparencies and some strong
perspective lines, the block containing the elevator and the stairs reveals itself being
accessible, and evolving into an actual pivot for the part of the building facing the street
and the whole block above the court.

Every apartment presents luxurious finishings, choosing materials of the highest level and
quality for the most refined and prestigious interior designs. The central heating and
cooling system it’s customizable for all the apartments.

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