Palazzo Lombardia

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners as Architecture, exterior envelope, interior design of public spaces

A tower, weaving strands of linear mid-rise office space, and interconnected public spaces comprise this highly awarded, highly sustainable headquarters complex in Milan.


Palazzo Lombardia provides office and support spaces in a form that is efficient, flexible, and accessible to the public, along with outdoor gathering places intended to enhance public life and stimulate regeneration of the district.


In both scale and materiality, the podium relates to the surrounding neighborhood, while the 160-meter-tall tower addresses the nearby Pirelli Tower, the government’s former headquarters and a major icon of the modern era. The lively formal dialogue between the two structures evokes and enriches their intimate functional relationship: the Pirelli Tower will continue to serve as the government’s institutional base, while Palazzo Lombardia will serve as its administrative seat.


SITE: Part of the Garibaldi-Repubblica urban enhancement and upgrading area


COMPONENTS: 141,000 m2 / 1,510,000 ft2 gross area; office complex and tower, glass-enclosed central plaza, multi-use auditorium, exhibition space, restaurant, linear public park, underground parking


CLIENT: Regione Lombardia


PCF&P SERVICES: Architecture, exterior envelope, interior design of public spaces


SUSTAINABILITY: Extensive energy-saving measures, including one-meter-cavity active climate wall


AWARDS:


Best Tall Building Europe

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, 2012


Global Awards for Excellence: Finalist 

Urban Land Institute, 2012


The International Architecture Award 

Chicago Athenaeum / European Centre, 2012


Dedalo Minosse International Prize: Special Prize Caoduro 

ALA - Assoarchitetti, l'Arca and Regione del Veneto, 2011


The American Architecture Award 

Chicago Athenaeum, 2011


Award of Excellence 

American Institute of Architects, New York State Chapter, 2013


Design Award of Excellence 

Society of American Registered Architects, 2012

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