Bicocca – Former Pirelli Industries, Milan

Italy

Bicocca is the first and largest transformation of one of the vacated industrial areas in Milan. This project involves about 700.000 square metres of land that formerly housed the huge Pirelli industrial plants during the last century.

Bicocca is the first and largest transformation of one of the vacated industrial areas in Milan. This project involves about 700.000 square metres of land that formerly housed the huge Pirelli industrial plants during the last century.

The Bicocca intervention began in 1994 in the northeast of Milan, covering a total area of 680,000 sqm. This area hosted the Pirelli factory for most of the XX century.

The innovative open space design of the Bicocca intervention is structured around a series of squares and gardens. These elements form a sequence of public spaces, marking the culmination and a fresh interpretation of the orthogonal layout of the former industrial settlement.

Thanks to our project, a new, picturesque tree-lined axis has been established, linking the city to a significant number of new public spaces. One of these spaces is the Collina dei Ciliegi (Cherry Tree Hill), situated on the site of the former Pirelli plant and built with the rubble of the former factory. This hill offers a panoramic view of the city and the Lombardy mountains. It also overlooks the Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo (New University Square), where the new campus of the Statale University is located. Adjacent to it is a spacious square facing the Arcimboldi theatre, connecting to the green spaces of the Esplanade and the roof and neighbourhood gardens along the side streets.

Bicocca is situated in Green Ray 1 and is part of the Green Ray Strategy we developed for Milan.

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