More than a dialogue, a hug. Architect Diego Fumagalli designed the Gioia Garden 1 and 2 residences starting from the stylistic features of the classic Milanese palace with which they border. He created an architectural continuity made up of citations and references, which harmonizes the relationship between the two buildings, enhancing their formal differences. Starting from this connection, the buildings in via Melchiorre Gioia 177/179 develop their own architectural identity, fitting perfectly into the context.
At the point of contact between the two buildings, the height of the volumes was respected and, in Gioia Garden 1 and 2, the string courses of the residential levels are barely mentioned, to conceal the slight differences in the height of the floors compared to the historic building.
Once continuity with the existing one has been established, the architecture of the new building unfolds all its character: with the articulation of the facade through the volumes of the terraces and the deep recesses of the winter gardens; with the hanging gardens dotting the building at different levels; with the three additional floors, progressively set back from the main facade.
The tallest volume itself contains a further reference, taking up the horizontal shutters that characterize nineteenth-century architecture.
Due to the presence of the aquifer and the proximity to the Naviglio della Martesana, all the underground structures, including garages, were built with a 2,753 m2 Drytech tank.
Project: Architect Diego Fumagalli, Milan
Structure: STG engineering, Milan
Construction: Domus Service CO, Milan
Drytech Tank: 2,753 m2