New Eni Exploration and Production Center
- Italy, San Donato Milanese
- Closed competition
If each building of the Metanopoli history represents the culture and values of the era when it was built, their sequence can now become the “genetic code“ of a new evolution, where a corporate mission and environmental quality are condensed into a design of great iconic power. The proposal is set up as a “grafting“ onto a place in major transformation. The portal and the east portion of the existing building on Via De Gasperi are re-used as a new entrance serving the whole intervention. The three new buildings appear as different articulations of a scheme with a highly efficient distribution system, which combines the economy of the paths of the central plan typology, with the flexibility of the sleeve housing with a linear structure. The garden, the courtyard and a large porch that connects them generate a “porous“ environment that is tightly integrated with the context. The new complex is designed as an “energetic organism“ where a series of active and passive strategies help to ensure maximum performances of environmental comfort. Like a new generation high tech fabric, the “skin“ of the buildings is designed to adjust in a sophisticated way the different factors ofsecurity and exchange with the surrounding environment, creating an iridescent surface rich with visual suggestions.