Cascina Merlata Social Housing
The masterplan for the new Cascina Merlata social housing area proposes a dense residential quarter of high volumes alternated with common gardens.
The design of two residential towers and the open spaces interprets this scheme and reinforces its urban character. With high-level energy performances and extremely limited cost and implementation times, the project gives a convincing architectural response to the theme of contemporary “residential buildings”, capable of generating a strong sense of domesticity and urbanity, while becoming a “landmark”. Two high rise buildings extend upwards to achieve long views over the landscape, reducing their size on the upper floors in a stepped profile that generates a kind of “canyon” between the two buildings; this “canyon” creates an important visual axis for the project and a dialogue between the buildings and the open spaces. The triangular pilasters – light in color contrasting with the dark recesses – generate a façade motif that includes all the windows, while the balconies are grouped in large figures distinguished by glass railings giving a strong horizontal theme. On the south side, a tall, slender portico connects the two buildings, creating a jagged profile that interacts with the common open space and allows a uniformed distribution of the two buildings.