Designed by the renowned Swiss-firm Herzog and De Meuron, Fondazione Feltrinell is set to open later this year, 2016, in the area of Porta Volta in Milan. The overall masterplan shows a set of separated buildings that have consistent angular forms wrapped in concrete braces. The whole site runs through Viale Pasubio, with a narrow gap which cuts through the two volumes, determining the foundation building among other offices.
While the contemporary style and monolithic expressions were conveyed through sharp clean lines and deep set windows, the structure expressed the geometrical conditions of the site with its rotated positioning.
Herzog and De Meuron’s scheme is part of a wider urban redevelopment of Milan’s district of Porta Volta. The development master plan consists of the Fondazione Feltrinell, two new office buildings, and a generous green area.
After the final touches of construction are completed, the structures will frame a much-needed green space connecting to the existing boulevards. The ground level of the Feltrinelli Fondazione will facilitate various programs such a cafeteria and book store, while the first floor will contain a double-height multi-functional space, followed by finished second and third storeys that will accommodate an office area.
According to the architects, inspiration and influence of the project’s form evolved from ‘Cascina’ long farmhouse buildings that are commonly seen in the Lombardy region in Italy and the huge scale of Historic Milanese architecture.