Even though being one of the most iconic places of Milano, the square in front of Castello Sforzesco has accommodated for years a traffic congested four lanes road. A narrow Romantic garden, fragmented by a multitude of tarmac paths separates the road from the castle’s moat. Despite the castle sits in the center of a hemicycle, the view towards it is nowadays obstructed by big scale shrubs. In contrast to the brief, the project suggests the expansion of the pedestrian area to the whole hemicycle that surrounds the castle - a circular urban structure that connects Piazza Castello to Parco Sempione – instead of limiting it to the surface which faces the castle’s main façade. In continuation with the Foro Bonaparte project by Giovanni Antolini (1801), which works on the monumental character of the void, and with the study by Giuseppe Piermarini (1814), which proposes a green infrastructure in which the trees defines urban rooms, our proposal considers the area around the castle as a unique continuous system, whose borders are defined by curved green lines of trees. Their trunks, which are positioned following a regular rhythm, performs as the columns of an urban arcade. The packed-earth floor of Parco Sempione is extended to Piazza Castello, while the XIX century flowerbeds are unified into a unique surface of grass, adapting to the irregular topography of the site and linking the higher level of the castle to the lower one of the semicircle. The park enclosure is then pushed back in order to reposition the Castle at the center of the new urban void. As a compensation room, the new square creates the space of transition between the urban and the natural landscape, allowing – once again – the proper distance around the Castle.


Competition promoter: Comune di Milano, La Triennale di Milano / In collaboration with: Onsite Studio / Status: honorable mention / Architects: Ambra Fabi, Giovanni Piovene, Giancarlo Floridi, Angelo Lunati / Onsite design team: Giada Bonatti, Filippo Fagioli, Simone Marmori, Ghiath Al Jebawi, Oktavian Catlabuga, Mirko Franzoi, Ceren Gun, Michele Miserotti, Andrea Morstabilini, Lorenza Odorizzi, Sebastian Sanchez, Martina Scotton / Piovenefabi design team: Carlotta Capobianco, Francesca Cosenza, Sara Franzetti, Marta Lelli, Costanza Masini, Valentina Volpi / Cultural programming: Esterni (IT) / Studio Giorgetta Architetti Paesaggisti / Mobility engineering: Mobility in Chain (IT)

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Piovenefabi is a milanese architectural office founded in 2013 by Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene. Since then the office work has developed through research and physical projects, in the fields of architecture, urban visions and design.

Ambra Fabi studied in Mendrisio and Paris Belleville. She worked at Architeckturbüro Peter Zumthor und Partner and then as a freelance architect in Milan. She has been teaching assistant in Mendrisio (CH) and professor at IED Cagliari and KU Leuven Sint Lucas Brussels. She is currently teaching at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Marne-la-Vallée Paris Est.

Giovanni Piovene studied in Venice and Paris Belleville. He co-founded the office Salottobuono and San Rocco magazine. He has been teaching assistant in Mendrisio and EPFL and professor at ISIA Urbino. He is currently teaching at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Marne-la-Vallée Paris Est.


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News

10.06.19

We are very happy to announce Design Balneare, a workshop in the context of Made Labs in Siracusa (Italy) 29/7 – 3/8.

More on www.madelabs.it or... Apply Here!

Design Balneare
23.02.19

Metrò Lamp is featured on the #388 issue of M, Le Monde's magazine.

M, le magazine du Monde
15.10.18

As part of the Divisare box set NEW ARCHITECTS 2 - MILAN, HALF OBJECT HALF ARCHITECTURE is finally out!

Half Object Half Architecture
10.10.18

Metrò Lamp is featured on the October issue of Elle Decor Italia.

Elle Decor
03.09.18

Our work is featured in AD Collector #18.

AD Collectors
17.04.18

Our furniture pieces realized for Chicago Architecture Biennale 2017 will be produced by Maniera and presented for the first time in Milan, during the Design Week. Maniera 14 & 17: Productora / Columbus Table + Piovenefabi / Metrò. ALCOVA, 17 – 22 April 2018, 11 am – 7 pm.
Photographs by Giovanna Silva.

MDW.3 Maniera
17.04.18

We have designed the Nanban temporary store for the Milano Design Week 2018. The project synthesizes the symbolic icon of all Japanese cities: the kiosk. Alcova, Via Popoli Uniti 11/13, April 17-22 2018.

MDW.2 Nanban
17.04.18

In the frame of the Milano Design Week 2018 we will present Comodo, a small table designed and produced for Silipol Studies n.3, a project by Mariotti Fulget. Opening: Tuesday April 17, Via Pietro Maroncelli 14, 7–11PM

MDW.1 Mariotti Fulget
13.04.18

Piovenefabi has been featured among the 100 talents of 2018 in the design world on Icon Design, March Issue 2018.

Icon Design