Residential complex in Lainate
The Lombardia territory today appears as the peculiar overlap of a structure rooted in agriculture, consisting of historical centres, farmhouses, canals, and rows of trees, and what many call the "dispersed city," which has grown in a sometimes chaotic manner to accommodate the needs of contemporary life.
The context where the new residential intervention arises is shaped by existing roadways and their environmental arrangements, such as the rows of maritime pines lining Via Re Umberto I and the park to the south of Via Lura.
The area of the new development was once a historical location of the well-known safe manufacturer Parma. Surrounding it, the existing buildings of varying scales, types, and heights do not appear capable of constituting the backdrop of a collaborative environment.
Therefore, the new residential complex seeks to shape a shared space with the neighbourhood near its main entrance and a green courtyard among the buildings, representing a moment of interaction and communal life for the residents. The staggered arrangement of the buildings around the square creates new corner perspectives, enhancing their “porosity” towards the green spaces. Their stepped profile is designed to maximize sunlight in all areas. It creates a continuous blending of interior and exterior spaces, along with generously sized private terraces and the meandering nature of the building volumes and balustrades.
The materials, textures, and architectural details of the terrace balustrades, with their unique catenary curve, the enclosing walls, and the communal areas, aim to form the beloved backdrop of contemporary values and lifestyles while simultaneously showcasing a deep connection to a specific place.