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BIG designs gateway to burgeoning Milan district

BIG designs gateway to burgeon...
The Portico is due to be completed in 2023
The Portico is due to be completed in 2023
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The Portico is due to be completed in 2023
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The Portico is due to be completed in 2023
The Portico will consist of two buildings that are connected by a 140 m (459 ft) roof
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The Portico will consist of two buildings that are connected by a 140 m (459 ft) roof
The Portico will measure 53,500 sq m (roughly 576,000 sq ft)
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The Portico will measure 53,500 sq m (roughly 576,000 sq ft)
The Portico will include two private courtyards for use by office employees
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The Portico will include two private courtyards for use by office employees
The Portico's interior will host office space, a restaurant, hotel, and terraces
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The Portico's interior will host office space, a restaurant, hotel, and terraces
"Rather than compete with the existing ensemble of towers, we propose to complete the urban fabric by forming a gate to the neighborhood," says Bjarke Ingels, founder and creative director at BIG
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"Rather than compete with the existing ensemble of towers, we propose to complete the urban fabric by forming a gate to the neighborhood," says Bjarke Ingels, founder and creative director at BIG
"We propose a project that is at once low-rise and high-rise," says Andreas Klok Pedersen, Partner and Design Director, BIG London.
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"We propose a project that is at once low-rise and high-rise," says Andreas Klok Pedersen, Partner and Design Director, BIG London.
The Portico is one of the first major announcements to come out of BIG's new London-based branch
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The Portico is one of the first major announcements to come out of BIG's new London-based branch
The Portico is part of the same City Life district in Milan that's home to Zaha Hadid Architects' Generali Tower
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The Portico is part of the same City Life district in Milan that's home to Zaha Hadid Architects' Generali Tower

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) continues its busy year with yet another new project. Named The Portico, it's part of the same City Life district in Milan that's home to Zaha Hadid Architects' Generali Tower and will consist of two buildings joined by a long roof structure that will offer shelter for the public.

BIG was originally asked to design a new tower for the City Life district, but since there were already three others on the site, the firm felt it more appropriate to complement, rather than compete with, the existing buildings.

"Rather than compete with the existing ensemble of towers, we propose to complete the urban fabric by forming a gate to the neighborhood," says Bjarke Ingels, founder and creative director at BIG. "The catenary canopy connecting the two structures creates a new shaded and sheltered public space for the life of the city."

The Portico will consist of two buildings that are connected by a 140 m (459 ft) roof
The Portico will consist of two buildings that are connected by a 140 m (459 ft) roof

Once complete, The Portico will measure 53,500 sq m (roughly 576,000 sq ft) and consist of two buildings that are connected by a 140-m (459-ft) hanging roof structure supported by thin columns. The interior of the project will host office space, a restaurant, hotel, and terraces. Two private courtyards will also provide a sheltered area for employees.

The Portico is one of the first major announcements to come out of BIG's new London-based branch and is due to be completed in 2023. Other projects revealed by the firm in the past couple of months include The Heights, CopenHill, Panda House, and Kistefos Museum.

Source: BIG

1 comment
buzzclick
Nice. Quite different, and does compliment. Especially pleased to see so much greenery in the renderings. Plants make a space come alive. Without them the structure would feel sterile.