Palazzo Lombardia — 2012 Global Awards for Excellence Finalist

Piazza Città di Lombardia. Photo credit: Fernando Guerra

About Palazzo Lombardia

Owner: Regione Lombardia
Developer: Infrastrutture Lombarde
Designer: PEI COBB FREED & PARTNERS Architects LLP in association with Paolo Caputo Partnership and Sistema Duemila
Location: Milan, Italy

Why Palazzo Lombardia?

The winning entry in an international design competition for the Lombardy Regional Government’s New Seat and civic square, required to have a visible symbolic and functional presence. Significant to the design is its integration with the Pirelli Tower, which houses related regional government offices, with the urban context of Milan and with the Lombardy region. Sited in the greater Garibaldi-Repubblica urban enhancement area, its scale relates to the surrounding neighborhood, while the tower speaks to the Pirelli building and the city. Key design principles are: 1) An urban passage invites entry. 2) It is a significant destination. 3) Animated edges give shape to public space. 4) The design promotes social interaction. 5) An emblematic vertical element contributes to Milan’s skyline. The building’s sinuous interweaving strands are adaptable to changing functional requirements and are receptive to the region’s evolving organizational structure. In addition to its headquarter functions, the building accommodates public amenities accessible to all.

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