Renovation, Italian Style

Filippo Pagliani and Michele Rossi, both architects from Milan, have, together with their architectural design studio Park Associati, authored one of the most impressive renovation projects of a modern building Italy has seen in recent years. Renovation is an emerging topic throughout the world, calling for new solutions in the fields of architecture and restoration.
Renovation does not merely revolve around how to preserve the image of the original architectural building and how to recover its linguistic, structural and spatial characteristics. Recent discussions and controversies related to Renzo Piano’s interventions in the delicate context of the Ronchamp Chapel and the proposed changes to Paul Bonatz’s Stuttgart Railway Station have made us aware of the symbolic status enjoyed by certain architectural buildings dating back to the 20th century. They have made us realise that restorations and renovations affect not only the architectural scale, but also the relationship between an object and its natural or urban landscape, together with the immaterial dimension of architecture.

Photo: Andrea Martiradonna

Photo: Andrea Martiradonna

Photo: Andrea Martiradonna

Design Architects: Park Associati_Filippo Pagliani, Michele Rossi
Project Team: Panzeri, Project Manager, Alice Cuteri, Andrea Dalpasso, Marinella Ferrari, Stefano Lanotte, Marco Siciliano, Paolo Uboldi, Fabio Calciati (rendering)
Site Supervision, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: General Planning
Design Team: Giovanni Bonini, Loris Colombo, Walter Cola, Luca Dagrada, Franco Pesci,
Paolo Rossanigo, Roberto Villa, Luigi Zinco
Artistic Site Supervision: Park Associati: Marco Panzeri
Project Management: ECHarris Built Asset Consultancy
Landscape Project: Marco Bay Architetto
General Contractor: Mangiavacchi e Pedercini S.p.A.
Client: Morgan Stanley Sgr S.p.A.
Gross Floor Area: 7988.84 m2
Construction Cost: 11,000,000 eur
Tender: 2008
Planning: 2008–2010
Construction: 2010–2012

The complete article is published in Summer issue of Piranesi No. 32m Vol. 21.

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