Milan, Desio

Center of excellence – Ex Autobianchi area in Desio, Milan – Italy
“From the factory to the city – a Park for new landscapes”

The factory and the city

The park we were asked to design is in a strategic “hinge” position between the established city and the former Autobianchi area. Today’s city converges here with both the city of the past and that of the future.

Between past and future by crossing the present

We envisioned the park at a point in between an industrial past (for the silk industry and then the automobile one) and the future of merging advanced technology manufacturing with a high quality of life and environment. In this context, a row of mulberry trees inevitably has a powerful symbolic value. It suggests possible positive relationships between manufacturing and nature, rendering “lost landscapes” part of those of the contemporary city.

The Park

A large field crossed by rows of mulberry trees makes a nice space for recreation, relaxation, and strolls. It is also a landscape element that expresses a fresh intent to reconcile the environment and human activities.

Near the Center of Excellence, sections of lawn “rise” from the ground as if pushed up by steel blades. These creases on the land made by human activities generate fragments of a new urban landscape.

The park is designed as a synergistic merging of two “landscapes” (the traditional agricultural landscape and that of the contemporary city) that dialogue with each other and reflect each other. There is a curving line that starts from the covered square of the Center of Excellence, marking the hinge point, as well as the main access route. This route also connects two pools of water. The first pool is like the Center of Excellence’s covered square’s projection in the park. The second is part of the garden designed around the existing Palazzina Liberty. This area has a concentration of the most used spaces according to the needs and desires of those inhabiting the Center of Excellence. They include play areas, roller and skating areas, rest areas, bocce ball fields, and scientific/educational games.

awards

Center of excellence – Ex Autobianchi area in Desio, Milan – Italy
Design competition (by invitation)
Addamiano Engineering Srl
“From the factory to the city – a Park for new landscapes”
Second place