BLOG: Grazie Milano!
In a whirlwind trip to Milan, Italy, I was treated to a press preview of Vitrum 2015. A small group of fellow editors and I spent approximately three hours on a guided tour of Milan that focused on buildings that have used glass as a prominent feature of their architectural design.
From old architecture to redevelopment, my eyes were dazzled by the history and culture of this city. I am thankful for the Italian Trade Commission, which sponsored this trade mission to the country, and the Italian Association of Suppliers of Machinery and Accessories for Processing Glass (GIMAV) for organizing this trip.
Here are just a few of the views I captured during my visit.
Vitrum is an international trade show that specializes in machinery, equipment and systems for flat and hollow glass and in glass and processed products for the industry. It is scheduled to take place October 6-9 in the exhibition district of Fiera Milano, Rho.
The Corriere della Sera is one of the oldest newspapers in Milan, according to the tour guide. It was first published in 1876.
Here is my first glimpse of the Diamond Tower. Located in Porta Nuova Varesine, the Diamond Tower is 30 stories and 137 meters high. The architect is Kohn Pederson Fox. It is part of the Porta Nuova redevelopment project, which is basically the redevelopment of a plaza in which the community can gather. It features shopping, apartments and businesses.
AGC Flat Glass Italia provided the glazing for the Diamond Tower. The company used Vision-50 on Clearvision, which is a special glass paste with low iron content that drastically lowers the percentage of heat absorption of the material. In large part due to the glass, which is certified C2C, the Diamond Tower has been certified LEED Gold.
The UniCredit Tower serves as UniCredit’s headquarters in Milan. It's part of a three-building complex, which was designed by Argentinian architect Cesar Pelli and constructed by Hines Italia SGR. The main tower features a distinctive spire. Space at the base of UniCredit Tower is used for retail shopping and restaurants.
Facing the piazza, the facades of the complex incorporate sunshades, emphasizing the buildings’ fluid shape. At the street level, the towers are clad in stone, according to the architect’s website. Each of the buildings is LEED Gold certified.
To optimize energy efficiency, the offices and meeting rooms feature internal roller blinds made using Verosol EnviroScreen G2 802/000 fabric. The screens are highly reflective and 100 percent recyclable, with Öko-Tex and Greenguard certification, according to Verosol.
The Golden Trumpets
This is the Golden Trumpets Installation by Alberto Garutti in the shopping piazza. They reach down into the underground shopping mall and if you listen closely, they will whisper to you. You can hear noise from the underground mall through the trumpets.
The 802 Enviroscreen G2 used in the UniCredit complex have a woven screen-like construction but with a clear textile appearance, according to Verosol. Thanks in large part to high reflectivity, Enviroscreen G2 helps to lower heating and cooling costs substantially. This results in a reduction of C02 emissions, and therefore minimizes the greenhouse effect.
Bosco Verticale means vertical forest, according to Stefano Boeri, the architect. These residential towers in Milan serve as a vertical forest. They are 110 and 76 meters in height. The towers host 900 trees and more than 2,000 plants. The plants are distributed in relation to the façade’s position toward the sun, according to the architect’s website.
Another look at Bosco Verticale.
In the distance, you can see the UniCredit Tower and the Diamond Tower as a part of Milan’s skyline.
Duomo di Milano
The Milan Cathedral, otherwise known as the Duomo di Milano, is one of the largest churches in the world. Construction began in 1387.
La Madonnina is a statue of the Virgin Mary that watches over the city of Milan from her perch on top of the Duomo di Milano.