Piuarch participates in the design of the first office block within West Gate, the management-oriented subdivision located in the western part of MIND– Milano Innovation District, a regeneration project that collects the legacy of the Expo 2015 site. In this intervention, design quality and technological innovation interpenetrate harmoniously: Zenith will be a highly sustainable building made with a wood structure and at the same time a sober, linear architecture inspired by the great Milanese examples of the 1950s and 1960s.
From a purely structural point of view, the design is characterised by an innovative and highly digital approach that uses DfMA – Design for Manufacture and Assembly – to standardise and fabricate individual construction components off-site, thus reducing production time and costs. Innovation and sustainability also involve the choice of timber as the main material used in construction. The Zenith will be the tallest timber building in Italy at 56 meters high.
Ultimately, embracing the concept of Common Ground, developed throughout MIND, the ground floor of the building will remain open for use, creating a spatial continuity between the outside and the inside, between public and private, generating social interaction, encounters and connections.
For this project Piuarch collaborates with the British firm Waugh Thistleton Architects specialising in the design of tall timber buildings.