The research and aggregation center on the themes of architecture and design will be ready in the spring of 2024. The abandoned spaces of the Magazzini Raccordati will be restored: 10,000 square meters. Also promoting urban renewal. Preview on the occasion of Design Week
One of the new faces of Magazzini Raccordati at Milano Centrale station – 40 thousand square meters in a state of neglect for decades, distributed along the axes via Aporti and via Sammartini, since 2017 the subject of the Cantiere Centrale project promoted by Grandi Stazioni – will be named Dropcity. The new Center for Architecture and Design was born, along via Sammartini, based on the idea of the architect Andrea Caputo, who since 2018 has developed the project with the aim of giving the city a place for gathering and discussion on the themes of architecture and design in the modern world . Dropcity opens to the public in the spring of 2024, but already on the occasion of Design Week, from Tuesday 7 June to Sunday 19 June, it will be revealed to the city with a rich cultural program and programs that activate part of the spaces (calendar of events available at the website from Dropcity), which then becomes this center dedicated to the project.
Construction will start in the autumn of 2022 thanks to a total investment of 16 million euros from the Nhood developers (the same ones who are building the large Cascina Merlata shopping center and who will transform Piazzale Loreto); when completed, the center will cover an area of 10,000 square meters, divided into 28 tunnel warehouses, which will house exhibition galleries, production studios, carpentry, robotics and advanced prototyping laboratories (accessible to anyone interested in developing prototypes of several scales, with the support of the most modern technologies: the laboratory will be equipped with robots, scanners and 3D printers). Then an area will be dedicated to research, teaching and professionals in the sector with reserved office space (for a total of 400 workstations with ergonomic seats, desks and large format screens). Accommodation activities are also planned, such as a catering service for those who frequent the site. To complete the organization of the hub, a materials library – an educational archive of materials classified according to environmental impact criteria and organized according to the principles of upcycling, to testify to the hub’s commitment to promoting recycling culture – and a public archive library and consultancy centered on architecture and design. Available collections of books on the subject, as well as entire series of trade journals.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROFESSIONALS AND THE CITY
The hope is to create opportunities for the new generations of researchers, curators, designers (in short, a few tens of thousands of people in Milan), in a context that promotes design culture, in close connection with the city, urban, cultural and social (the exhibition galleries will be free available to the community). Not surprisingly, the spaces in Dropcity (especially the library and the newspaper library, but also the layout of the exhibition spaces, subject to constant mutations) are the subject of a collective design involving new architects and designers during the coordination of the study. Andrea Caputo.
URBAN REGENRATION OF THE SAMMARTINO DISTRICT
The parallel process of urban redevelopment of the urban quadrant affected by the construction site is important (Sammartino district), which provides for a road diversion project to reduce car traffic, a new cycle path between Centrale and Martesana and a paved area to make room for vegetation. As well as the birth, not far away, of the new tower in place of the Hotel Michelangelo. The intervention on a significant part of the Magazzini Raccordati will also allow the restoration of over 400 meters of facades by restoring the stone parts and reconstructing the original costumes with the approval of the Superintendent.
– Livia Montagnoli