Casa Selene
Maurizio Montagna
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
ElevatorsKone
EcoSpace
Monospace 500
ManufacturersRAK CERAMICS
METROPOLITAN Wash basin
ONE water closet
Garden lightingPlatek
MINI ONE Paletto
Interior doorsBertolotto
Fashion
Shower trayGlass 1989 S.r.l.
Planor
TilesMirage
Quarziti 2.0

Product Spec Sheet
Elevators
Monospace 500, EcoSpace by Kone
Manufacturers
ONE water closet, METROPOLITAN Wash basin by RAK CERAMICS
Garden lighting
MINI ONE Paletto by Platek
Interior doors
Fashion by Bertolotto
Shower tray
Planor by Glass 1989 S.r.l.
Tiles
Quarziti 2.0 by Mirage

Casa Selene

Degli Esposti Architetti as Architects

The building is composed of awingthat completes the block’s perimeter wall on Viale Umbria and an orthogonal wing that extends in depth towards the center of the block, with the last of the three stairwells extending the height of the building’s eleven above-ground floors: from the morpho-typological standpoint, the building is therefore a hybrid between a block’s perimeter wall type, a slab type, and a towertype. From the large double-height lobby on the street, there is access to a portico that provides direct access to all the stairwells and underground parking areas, accessible via independent staircases. This planivolumetric composition establishes three main façades: the one on the Vialefacing west and two other façades facing south and north, clearly visible from the street through two large portals: the pedestrian one five floors up through which a glimpse of the south façade is visible and the vehicular one two floors up through which the north façade is visible.

photo_credit Maurizio Montagna
Maurizio Montagna

The syntax of the project is based on a composition of the façade using asymmetrical overhangs: the façade on the Viale has four one-story-high bow windows (plus an additional body, similar to the previous ones, in the form of a loggia), while the south façadehastwo protruding loggias four stories high. A façade design with asymmetrical protrusions has various precedents in Milan, such as the Casa Astrattaby Perogalli and Mariani (1951-52), also a curtain wall or, in terms of parallel structures, the residences by Gigi Cacciaon Via Nievo 28/a (1955-57) and by the Latisbrothers on Via Rossetti (1959-60), especially the rear façade.

photo_credit Maurizio Montagna
Maurizio Montagna

In all these cases, the modest protrusions (bow windows) exemplify a dynamic and asymmetrical composition of the façades.In our project, the design of the south façade is not limited to the arrangement of the multi-story protrusions; there are also lightweight metal structures (60-mm square sections) that group the balconies together, increasing their height from the ground to the top level: a single balcony on the first floor, then two grouped levels (floors 2-3), three grouped levels (floors 4-6), and finally four levels (from floor 7 to the penthouse). The north façade has a different design: on this side, there are long continuous balconies, another typical element of Milanese residential architecture, with numerous examples such as the Casa ai Giardini d’ErcolebyGardella, CastelliFerrieri and Menghi (1949-55) and the contiguous internal body of the MelziPertusati complex, designed by Minoletti (1955-59).

photo_credit Maurizio Montagna
Maurizio Montagna

In our project, however, the linguistic treatment of these balconies introduces certain differences: on the first two levels of the balcony, it is enclosed by walls that configure it into a loggia; on the upper floors, the balconies are partitioned by the same thin metal frames that appear on the other façades. The arrangement of the pillars of this thin diaphragm, mindful of similar uses in the Latisbuildingon Via Lanzone (façade on Via Ghisleri) (1949-51) and above all in the buildings of GuglielmoMozzoni (Via Fatebenefratelli, Via Corridoni), is in our case designed on the north façade in a slowed perspective (prospettivarallentata), with incremental modules.

photo_credit Maurizio Montagna
Maurizio Montagna

The perimeter walls are finished in white plaster, with travertine stone cladding on the pilasters of the entrance lobby on the street, the building portico on the ground floor, andthe building’s protruding elements on the upper floors of the south façade. The frames of the bow windows on the façade on Viale Umbria are covered in gold-colored alloy metal sheets. Parapets with metal rods and frames are painted white; the planters integrated into the parapets will enable the façade to have climbing vegetation, which can extend by clinging to the metal frames.

photo_credit Maurizio Montagna
Maurizio Montagna
photo_credit Maurizio Montagna
Maurizio Montagna
photo_credit Maurizio Montagna
Maurizio Montagna

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