Northeast of Milan, in Crescenzago, stands the headquarters of the historic publishing house Rizzoli, a building ready to change its face thanks to a new sustainable project by Kengo Kuma Associates.
The studio founded by the Japanese archistar is ready to give Milano a green space that will house offices, coworking, a supermarket and a medical center, in an area in which more than 350 apartments are planned to be built and sold at affordable prices.
The area will have a square as its centerpiece and gathering place, surrounded by plants that will be the result of a collaboration with renowned Italian botanist Stefano Mancuso.
The project has been called “Welcome, feeling at work” and will be made of wood, a material that has always characterized Kengo Kuma’s work. The remodeled Rizzoli headquarters will form the largest bio-office in Italy, in a project that will preserve as a memory some elements of the historic building such as the staircase created by Piero Portaluppi, which will keep its place inside the building.