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Palazzo Lombardia

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2004–13
Lead Designers
Henry N. Cobb José Bruguera Simon Hsu

This large public building is the materialization of the winning entry in an international design competition sponsored by the Lombardy Regional Government.

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 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.

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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

A glass curtain wall encloses the building’s curvilinear facades, symbolizing the transparency of the institution, while the end walls are clad in local stone, linking the complex to the historic urban fabric of Milan.
Recalling the mountains, valleys, and rivers of Lombardy, Palazzo Lombardia’s distinctive form is composed of sinuous interweaving strands of linear office space.
The building’s large central plaza, Piazza Città di Lombardia, has become a popular venue for concerts, exhibitions, festivals, and performances of all kinds—even ice-skating.

Climate wall plan, section, elevation

The gently curved glass-walled offices, readily adaptable to changing functional needs, integrate smoothly with the urban context while forming unique landscaped public plazas that are open and inviting to all.
Project Credits

Competition, Schematic, and Design Development Phase: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in association with Paolo Caputo Partnership and Sistema Duemila; Structural: Thornton Tomasetti, New York; Mechanical: Arup Engineer; Images: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Fernando Guerra, Piero Mollica