A new life for a cluster of 3 Palazzi in the heart of Milan

AMDL CIRCLE as Architects

Palazzo Litta is one of the most important historical monuments in Milan, a prestigious example of Baroque architecture. It was commissioned by the Arese counts and designed by the architect Francesco Maria Ricchino at the end of the 1600s. In the last century it was the seat of the Upper Italian Railway Company, then Ferrovie dello Stato, which has partially changed its typology adapting it to a tertiary use.


Palazzo Litta is today a complex of several buildings, where the historical and monumental part is immediately recognizable and mainly overlooking Corso Magenta and the internal courtyards.


In the innermost part of the complex are the buildings subject to the intervention, sold by the State Railways to the company Valcomp Tre (now CDP Immobiliare Srl), which feature different architectures in terms of type and history. The redevelopment of these buildings means the redevelopment of the entire area between Corso Magenta, Via Illica, Via Brentano and the historic garden overlooked by Palazzo Edison.


The intervention on the buildings owned by Valcomp Tre (now CDP Immobiliare Srl) was divided into three parts, called Residenze Illica, Bonaparte and Brentano, which were the subject of independent investigations and projects due to their different typology and state of storage.


The Brentano Residences represent the most complex and rich in history: it is a series of different buildings of different dating (from the 17th to the end of the 19th century) and of different types, within which 24 apartments of different sizes, often on two levels, with large and suggestive spaces, historic wooden ceilings, large exposed beams, large and bright windows.


The design development of the Bonaparte Residences is characterized by the enhancement, functional transformation and change of intended use of the building that overlooks the Historic Garden and Cortile Bonaparte through the construction of 4 residential units, 4 professional studios, with recovery of the attic and of the roof terrace, and positioning of plant rooms in the basement.


The design development of the Illica Residences, on the other hand, involves the demolition of the existing building and out-of-shape reconstruction, with maintenance of the existing volume, for the construction of a 4-storey building + penthouse with garden roof, and two underground floors used for parking. The Illica Residences are expected to be in energy class A with LEED certification, with the use of the most recent home automation equipment. The stone facade, with deep loggias overlooking the garden, has a regular layout and a reinforced concrete structure. The internal floors are provided in Sansovino-style wood. The central staircase is monumental with windows and gives access to all the lodgings and basements.

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