The Ivory project by COIMA and PIUARCH transforms a historic building from the 50s into a cutting-edge, sustainable and innovative business complex. An architectural revolution for a greener and more modern Milan.
The city of Milan is preparing to receive a highly significant architectural transformation, thanks to the Ivory project presented by COIMA SGR and signed by the Milanese architecture studio PIUARCH. This ambitious redevelopment project aims to transform a 50s building, located in Piazzale Zavattari 12, into a modern business complex characterized by an innovative and technological design.
The building in question, part of the historic Isotta Fraschini car factory, is located in a rapidly evolving area of Milan, destined to become one of the main attractions of the city. The redevelopment will involve an area of approximately 14.000 square meters on 12 floors above ground, enriched by approximately 1.400 square meters of panoramic terraces and multifunctional and commercial spaces.
Ivory stands out for being a virtuous example of a sustainable building, designed with the aim of maximizing the well-being of the occupants. It was designed in compliance with the highest ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) standards, which make it a candidate for prestigious certifications such as LEED Gold®, WELL Gold®, WiredScore Gold®. Furthermore, the project makes extensive use of local and environmentally friendly materials, Cradle to Cradle® certified, based on circular economy strategies.
Energy efficiency is at the heart of the Ivory project, with over 65% of energy needs covered by renewable sources. This result is made possible thanks to the installation of a geothermal system for air conditioning and a photovoltaic system on the roof of the building. Furthermore, an innovative ventilation system will help improve air quality in work spaces, while Indoor/Outdoor Water Efficiency strategies will reduce water waste. Also noteworthy is the innovative air conditioning system which uses chilled beam technology and "Free Cooling" to reduce electricity consumption to a minimum.
PIUARCH's project focuses on enhancing the verticality of the building, maintaining and expanding some original architectural elements. A “double skin” made up of balconies and terraces every two floors offers outdoor office spaces, creating a contemporary aesthetic with large windows and vertical lines that accentuate the structure. This dynamic design gives movement and vitality to the project.
The outdoor spaces, including two large green terraces on the 8th and 10th floors, promote dialogue between the architecture and the surrounding landscape. Renaturalization elements improve the microclimate of the area and make the outdoor spaces on the ground floor open to the community.
Matteo Ravà, Head of Fund and Asset Management at COIMA, said: “Ivory is an example of our building regeneration strategy, which aims to create new generation products with high standards of sustainability and comfort. Furthermore, the project is part of a rapidly developing area that is becoming a crucial hub in the city of Milan.”
Gino Garbellini, partner of PIUARCH, added: “Ivory is a new generation building, efficient and aesthetically extraordinary. It offers comfortable and flexible environments, promoting sociability and collaboration between occupants.”
At a time when sustainability and innovation are essential for the future of cities, the Ivory project in Milan represents a shining example of how architectural redevelopment can transform the existing urban fabric into a modern, sustainable and welcoming environment. COIMA and PIUARCH are working together to create an icon of sustainability on the Milanese horizon, a project destined to positively influence the future of cities.