Scandurra Studio Architettura,
MAC 9 / Zurich Insurance Company Italian Headquarters
Milan, Italy, 2006-2009
The building is a typological hybrid of a building with a base and a building on stilts, a layout that combines the incisiveness and contained volumes of ribbed blocks with the calm of the inner courtyard and the lightness of a raised and transparent object with the ruggedness of the large and suspended “natural” object.
The opportunity to open up this perimeter and to make the fabric of the city flow into it has heavily conditioned every design choice made with regard to the building: the entire settlement is conceived as permeable, an integral part of the park; the public interior of the area as a space not just of arrival but also of passage, where the communal public
space is hybridized with the private.
The base is designed as part of the landscape, passing fluidly through the volumes above, linking the different levels of the existing structures. A gigantic order of pillars supports directly the first floor, which consists of the raised plaza, a large terrace facing onto the garden. It houses the community functions of the company, junction of the paths of circulation to the main and secondary clusters of offices.