In the heart of Milan’s dynamic urban landscape, the Via Valtorta residential complex is a symbol of thoughtful architectural integration. Overseen by CZA during its schematic and detailed design phases, the project exemplifies the delicate balance between new and old, offering a fresh perspective on urban renewal.
Via Valtorta Residential Complex Technical Information
- Architects1-4: CZA Cino Zucchi Architetti
- Location: Milan, Italy
- Client: Volcan Immobiliare
- Topics: Brick in Architecture
- Area: 4,270 m2
- Project Year: 2017 – 2023
- Photographs: © Filippo Poli
The Via Valtorta residential complex, designed by CZA, aims to harmoniously integrate new structures with the existing urban landscape in Milan. This integration is achieved through careful height adjustments and a distinct urban front along Via Valtorta and Via Rovetta
– CZA Architects
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Strategic Integration and Urban Renewal at Via Valtorta
At the intersection of Via Valtorta, Giacomo Rovetta, and Matteo Maria Boiardo, the complex is strategically positioned to enrich the existing urban tapestry. Its design goes beyond mere compliance with urban planning regulations; it seeks to foster unity between the new structures and their historic counterparts. This is achieved through careful height adjustments, with the shortest block placed near the historic buildings along Via Valtorta, ensuring a respectful nod to the past.
The project’s standout feature is the creation of a new urban front along Via Valtorta and Via Rovetta. The varied building heights are linked by a uniform base, defining the residential entrances and accommodating commercial activities and private spaces for public use. This approach not only enhances the streetscape but also serves the community by integrating commercial and social spaces.
A key focus of the Via Valtorta complex is its ground-floor permeability. The design includes commercial spaces accessible via passageways leading to a large inner courtyard. This layout fosters a vibrant ground-floor environment, further animated by a bar or neighborhood shop at the northeast corner.
The complex features an eastward driveway ramp, providing access to underground private parking. This design element addresses the practical need for vehicle flow and compliance with traffic regulations, seamlessly integrating functionality with the overall aesthetic.
The apartments, accessible through a central staircase, offer a mix of spacious, bright units, with duplex flats on the upper floors of the tower. South-facing main living areas boast large loggia-balconies and extensive windows, while the more compact and regular masonry curtain on the rest of the façade incorporates windows for bedrooms and bathrooms.
Material selection for the Via Valtorta complex mirrors Milanese architecture of the twentieth century, with a keen eye on creating a distinctive identity. The main façades feature plaster applied over an external insulation system, while brick cladding adorns the base and minor fronts. The south-facing parapets are primarily glazed, completed with inclined metal sticks that add a unique articulation to the façades overlooking the garden.
The Via Valtorta residential complex stands as a model of urban architectural harmony, beautifully integrating the old with the new and creating a vibrant, functional, and aesthetically pleasing environment. Its thoughtful design, attention to detail, and respect for the surrounding urban fabric make it a remarkable addition to Milan’s architectural landscape.
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About Cino Zucchi Architetti
Cino Zucchi Architetti (CZA), led by Cino Zucchi, a prominent figure in European architecture, is renowned for its innovative approach in architecture, landscape, and urban planning. With expertise in creating complex designs across various scales, the studio is celebrated for blending contemporary innovation with traditional architectural principles. Zucchi, a Milan native born in 1955, is an esteemed academic and author, holding degrees from MIT and the Politecnico di Milano. His work, which includes transforming former industrial areas into vibrant mixed-use environments, has been globally recognized and awarded. Zucchi’s contributions to architecture extend to his role as a professor, visiting professor at Harvard, and participation in major architectural exhibitions, showcasing his commitment to shaping the future of urban landscapes.
Notes & Additional Credits
- Design Team CZA: Michele Corno (Project Leader), Andrea Bergamini, Alberto Caddeo (Architect)
- Development and Site Supervision: R4M Engineering
- Structural Engineer: Holzner & Bertagnolli Engineering srl
- Other consultant: Ai Engineering