BiM’s redevelopment project covers an area of more than 50,000 square meters and involves two buildings that make up an entire block in the Bicocca district, the landmark neighborhood designed in the mid-1980s by Vittorio Gregotti with the aim of giving the former Pirelli industrial area back to the city. The renovation work will be carried out by retrofitting, choosing to regenerate rather than build from scratch, with the goal of reducing environmental impact throughout the project.
Piuarch starts from the enhancement of the existing building, exalting its constructive qualities while performing a lightening and subtraction process, with the aim of making it permeable and open to the neighborhood and the city. The goal is to transform it into an innovative and sustainable workplace: 43,300 sqm of workspace spread over 8 floors, 3,400 sqm of retail space, 800 sqm of multifunctional Pavilion and 6,000 sqm of green space and garden.
Regeneration will transform the offices into innovative spaces, a mix of open and enclosed environments featuring the highest standards of livability, efficiency and sustainability, designed to accommodate a community of about 5,000 people. The executive spaces will feature large terraces, while the new transparent eighth floor, set back, will offer a workspace overlooking a green rooftop with privileged views of the city and the square.
The beating heart of the project is indeed the space at the center of the building: a point of arrival and departure, a meeting and exchange place, the plaza will be available to tenants and neighborhood users, who will benefit from collective services including cafes and restaurants, bike shops, bookshops, co-working, as well as, in the basement, a 200-seat auditorium, a gym, a bike storage room with lockers and showers, and a parking lot equipped with electric charging stations. At the center of the plaza will rise the new Pavilion, a futuristic multifunctional space with a distinctive design.