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Ivory, COIMA and Piuarch transform Milan factory building into ultra-sustainable office



An innovative, technologically sophisticated and highly sustainable new office project: this is Ivory, the development designed by COIMA in collaboration with the architecture studio Piuarch to transform a 1950s existing factory building, part of the Isotta Fraschini car factory, into a forward-thinking office building.

The project in Piazzale Zavattari 12, between San Siro and City Life, will involve a 1950s building, part of the Isotta Fraschini car factory, with circa 14,000 sqm across 12 floors, as well as 1,400 sqm of panoramic terraces and multifunctional and retail spaces.

The office development, called Ivory, is being designed with a strong focus on wellbeing and sustainability, targeting LEED Gold®, WELL Gold®, and WiredScore Gold® certifications. The project will also incorporate locally sourced and environmentally safe Cradle to Cradle® certified materials and products based on circular economy strategies.

The Ivory project is being designed to massively improve the energy efficiency of the existing building. On completion, over 65% of its energy needs will be provided through on-site renewable sources, including a geothermal system for air conditioning and a photovoltaic system on the roof. The building’s innovative “free cooling” air conditioning system will use the difference in temperature between indoors and outdoors, without the need for electricity.

Other sustainability features include a natural ventilation system to improve the air quality in the workspaces, measures to reduce waste-water consumption through reuse of water for irrigation purposes and the adoption of indoor/outdoor water efficiency strategies.

Piuarch’s design enlarges the existing structure through the addition of an external mesh of pillars, creating large balconies and terraces every two floors, which will function as open-air extensions of the offices. These culminate in the two large green terraces on the 8th and 10th floors. This “double skin” gives the building a contemporary aesthetic, with large windows set between metal elements and vertical lines, giving the structure a slender appearance. The different heights of the façade, the alternation of the loggias and the play of reflections between the windows give movement and dynamism to the building.

The office space creates simple, elegant and functional areas that are flexible to allow for multi-purpose environments and are designed according to modern standards of efficiency and wellbeing. The loggias and terraces, thanks to their versatility, lend themselves to becoming workplaces but also creative and social spaces, as does the retail and food & beverage area on the ground floor, a space open to the street in which to create new connections and network.