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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Multi Purpose Complex Tortona 37 in Milan, Italy by Matteo Thun & Partners

October 8th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Matteo Thun & Partners

The Tortona neighbourhood: one of the most recent developments in Milan, a former industrial area that has turned itself into a highly desirable, dynamic and prestigious quarter.

The building complex at Via Tortona No 37 combines programme creativity with sustainability. By allowing the genius loci to prompt the volumes and shapes, the new construction blends effortlessly with the surrounding urban and natural landscape.

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  • Architects: Matteo Thun & Partners
  • Project: Multi Purpose Complex Tortona 37
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Photography: M. Danesin
  • Completion Date: 2009
  • Building Area: 25000  m²
  • Gross Floor Area:  39000 m²
  • Project Manager: Luca Colombo
  • Design Team: Tom Lacey, Francesco Isabella, Simone Alberi, Ilaria Brollo    


  • Project Management: Mangiavacchi Pedercini s.r.l
  • Structural: B.C.V. progetti S.r.l, ing. Alberto Vintani, ing. Claudio Cerra
  • Civil: B.C.V. progetti S.r.l, Ing. Alberto Vintani
  • Geotechnical: Ing. Celotti Claudio
  • Lighting : Matteo Thun & Partners Srl
  • Urban: Urb.a.m. s.r.l   Arch Francesco Moglia
  • Services: Planning s.r.l Ing. Gianluigi Marazzi, Ing. Matteo Bosetti, Ing. Tieghi Andrea
  • Landscape Architects: AG&P srl Arch. Valerio Cozzi

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  • General Contractor: Di Vincenzo –Mangiavacchi S.c.a.r.l
  • General contractor Services: Carlo Gavazzi  Impianti S.p.A.


  • Facade: Uniform S.p.A – Pail s.r.l.
  • Decorative elements: Simco tecnocovering s.r.l
  • Heating and cooling system: FCC Planter
  • Elevators: Kone Italia
  • Out door lighting: Simes S .p.A.
  • Electrical Device: Vimar S.p.a – Elvox Italia, Sanitary ware by Catalano S.p.a, accessories by Inda S.p.a.

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Every design feature is aimed at achieving maximum energy efficiency, cleverly coordinating the architectural design with the plant-engineering: from the air-conditioning system working along geothermal lines to the use of radiant panels in the interiors and the careful study carried out for the outside shell.

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The five, 6-storeys buildings cover 25.000 square meters of the former industrial site are built around an extensive inner garden court. The rectangular-based buildings are deliberately designed for low environmental impact. Each interior environment has facades facing different directions. The advantage of double exposure is combined with double-height (7 m) volume and open-space design with mezzanine levels of great functional versatility. Showrooms, laboratories, professional studios, shops and offices find their own custom design: the highly flexible interior spaces also ensure sustainability over time.

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Wooden lattice bow windows and a jutting white frame shield the glazed lights, so that image evolves naturally over time. The outer envelope is designed to provide overall insulation from extremes of heat and cold. The glazed façade also has a system of external blinds to cut direct solar radiation by 87% and so prevent overheating during the summer months. Roof terraces provide sweeping views over the whole city.

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Eco-sustainable geothermal technology uses the constant groundwater temperature to produce hot and cold water. This is conveyed into an underground catchment and decantation tank and supplied, cold or warm, to each of the individual building units by means of heat pumps. Ceiling radiant panels and floor heat convectors provide ideal indoor-temperature that is controlled by means of irradiation with no noise or air currents.

The new complex ensures high-energy yield, zero-emissions and no acoustic or environmental impact.

Image Courtesy © Matteo Thun & Partners

Image Courtesy © Matteo Thun & Partners

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