Orto fra i cortili is the project realized on the flat roof of the building that houses Piuarch, in the heart of Milan’s Brera district. The roof of the building has been converted into a permanent vegetable garden and an “open air pharmacy,” redeveloping the building also from an energy and functional perspective. The design is based on a modular system that uses pallets to build easily assembled structures that combine aesthetics and functionality at a reasonable cost. Orto fra i cortili aims at being a system that is repeatable on a large scale for redeveloping areas that are not being used. It is a building energy improvement project, a landscape instrument, decorative, food self-production, a new space for entertainment, socializing and coworking.
In collaboration with: Cornelius Gavril (design of the green area) and VerdeVivo (company of excellence in organic curative fertilizer, seed and preparations for gardening), Vivai Mandelli (design and installation of the modules), PCR srl (fiberglass structural reinforcement beams), Sice Previt (structure), Battaglia Contractor, Marazzi, Manuel Coltri - Marmi Due Ci, Colleoni Roberto & C. srl, Amea.
© Daniele Cavadini, Matteo Carassale
The layer of vegetation improves the insulation and increases the thermal inertia of the floors below it.
The modular system uses pallets to build easily assembled structures.
Orto fra i cortili is a complete ecosystem, which begins in the nursery where the seeds are germinated. The open air pharmacy involves the planting of medicinal plants with the aim of rediscovering plants used for centuries for pharmaceutical purposes
During the Design Week 2016 Piuarch created a “Kinetic Garden” with flowers and salads. The special set-up of the rooftop garden is a tribute to the work of the Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, he has always been a reference point and inspiration for the studio.
The regular arrangement of plants and the different colours play with the visual perception and the movement of the visitors of the garden. The kinetic effect is amplified by the triangular axes that define the space.