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Cascina Merlata housing - B22 / Stefano Tropea - Italy
  • Cascina Merlata housing - B22 / Stefano Tropea - Italy
Cascina Merlata housing - B22 / Stefano Tropea - Italy
B22 / Stefano Tropea - Italy
B22 / Stefano Tropea - Italy
B22 is an architecture practice, committed to produce fresh design concepts for complex programs at any scale. More in detail, B22 provides architecture, interior design, urban and landscape design for clients both from the public and private sector: clients are supplied with multidisciplinary solutions, suitable for specific programs and projects requirements. Recent work by the practice includes the Kingdom of Bahrain pavilion at the 12th (Golden Lion award, best national participation) and 13th Venice Architecture Biennale and a 56 dwellings social housing building in Milan, Italy (Gold Medal for
Italian Architecture, First work award; Italian Architecture Young Talent Prize, Nominated).

Stefano Tropea  (Padova, 1983) after studying architecture and urban design at the Università Iuav di Venezia and at the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona, has worked for Cino Zucchi Architetti in Milano, and for Claus en Kaan Architecten and SeARCH in Amsterdam. Co-founder of B22, he’s currently teaching assistant at Politecnico di Milano and member of the board of directors of the Chamber of Architects of Milan.

Project Description

Built to temporarily host the representatives and the staff members of the countries participating to the 2015 Universal Exposition, the building is part of a dense residential quarter of high volumes alternating with communal gardens. The building is made of 56 dwellings, on 14 floors. Common facilities for the residents are located on the ground floor. The high rise body, emphasized by an irregular patchwork of different tones of grey contrasting with the dark recesses, extend upwards and dissolves into a white inhabited screen on the South side, where the horizontality of the balconies juxtaposes to the verticality of the bright brise-soleil. On the west side of the ground floor, a slender porch marks the entrance to the common areas and the dwellings, through a small patio, acting as a buffer zone between the public realm of the city and the private life of dwellings.

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