Chapman Taylor creating concept for POD (Point of Disclosure) area as part of Aria masterplan design team for Ex Macello, Milan

Chapman Taylor is part of an international design team which has won a competition for a major new mixed-use neighbourhood as part of the urban regeneration of Milan’s Ex Macello district.

The Aria urban design project will create one of the most important social housing projects in Europe, and Chapman Taylor is part of a collaborative project to design and refurbish a former industrial complex of 6,500m2 in area, including retained historic buildings such as old tunnels, hangars, warehouses and factories. Aria will be a new, innovative and attractive area for young workers and students.

Existing site and design concept vision

The site will be home to the new European Institute of Design (IED), with the 30,000m2 campus offering capacity for 4,500 students, with a student residence for 600 people placed within the retained former slaughterhouse heritage building on the site.

The IED will sit within the Chapman Taylor-designed POD (Point of Difference) area, which will be the new science and art district, entirely dedicated to what are known as the “STEAM” fields (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics). This vibrant hub will animate the life of the neighbourhood through diverse cultural events and activities. Students and residents will be the new city-makers, helping to ensure Aria’s place as a key new urban destination with a sustainable circular economy design ethos.

Competition winner announcement, Milan, Friday 23 July - Guiseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan

The repurposed site will be home to new functions and services, as well as offices, craft workshops, fab-lab, co-working spaces, training and advice amenities for start-ups and retail space.

A unique feature of the sustainable masterplan will be its many “Air Factories”, which will serve to purify the air in indoor environments, filtering atmospheric contaminants through the use of plants and soil. These spaces will be meeting places for community groups and others who live in or near the neighbourhood.

Aria will be the first Carbon Negative Area in Milan thanks to a supply of thermal and cooling energy to the entire district as well as high-efficiency power supplied through innovative ectogrid™ technology and photovoltaics. The buildings in the Aria development will target LEED Gold accreditation for sustainability, with the masterplan designed to achieve LEED Cities & Communities certification and a high ReSMART Index score.

Existing site and design concept vision

The lead partner on this project is REDO SGR Società Benefit, working alongside IED (Istituto Europeo di Design), CA Ventures, E.ON, Deltaecopolis and CCL. Snøhetta Oslo is Lead Architect, with the architectural team including Barreca & La Varra, Stantec, CZA Cino Zucchi Architetti (for the IED Campus), Chapman Taylor, Mpartner and Fondazione Housing Sociale.

Other partners on the Aria project are: Prof. Mario Motta for Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Prof. Marco Filippi, Prof. Stefano Mancuso for PNAT, Deloitte, MIC Mobility-in-Chain, Planet Smart City, GaiaGo, LifeGate, Cresme Ricerche, LAMA Società Cooperativa – Impresa Sociale, Fondazione Don Gino Rigoldi, Edoardo Tresoldi, ènostra, Amici di Edoardo, The FabLab, Festival della Scienza, Eatour, Electreon, Mare Culturale Urbano abd Giacimenti Urbani.

Architect Vittorio Caponetto is leading Chapman Taylor's team on this project in collaboration with Director Chiara Domenici.

Existing site and design concept vision

Congratulations to everyone involved in this innovative, sustainable and exciting masterplan on winning the design competition. We look forward to seeing the project progress in the coming months!

* GGIs courtesy of Wolf Visualizing Architecture.

Chiara Domenici (Dr Arch - Iscritta all’Ordine degli Architetti di Milano)

Director, Milan

Chiara undertakes a key role managing our Milan studio, with a special focus on design quality. She has experience working in a number of international design practices as well as running her own architectural partnership in Milan.

Educated in Vienna and at the Politecnico di Milano, Chiara joined Chapman Taylor in 2012 and was promoted to Director in 2020.

Areas of expertise:

Design Management / Client Liaison / General Supervision / Office / Retail / Leisure / Mixed-use

Chiara è entrata a far parte di Chapman Taylor Milano nel 2012 e nel 2015 è stata promossa al ruolo di Associate Director.

Chiara ha studiato a Vienna e si è laureata al Politecnico di Milano e svolge un ruolo chiave nella gestione del nostro studio milanese, con particolare attenzione alla qualità progettuale. Chiara ha maturato una notevole esperienza professionale lavorando in diversi studi di architettura di fama internazionale e gestendo il suo studio associato a Milano.

Aree di competenza:

Design Management / Client Liaison / General Supervision / Office / Retail / Leisure / Mixed-use


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