Campus Microsoft Milan
In 2007, Microsoft Italy decided to locate its new headquarters in Peschiera Borromeo, on the southern border of Milan, an area where the city falls apart and turns into agricultural fields in full production. The horizon is defined by the divisions of crops, strips of trees and waterways. The program consisted of 45,000 m2 of offices, an auditorium for 400 people, a kindergarten for 90 children of the workers, and an underground car park for 1,000 cars. In addition, it was necessary to design the landscape around the new buildings, establishing a relationship between the new group of buildings and the fields before them.
The project proposes some patio buildings of open-plan offices without fixed workplaces, allowing the adjustment of the spaces according to the size of the working teams, always variable. The landscape in front of and around the offices is also considered a possible workspace. The project proposes a coexistence between nature and technologies from different eras: the strip between offices and field is now filled with activity with a new intensity. It is in this landscape that a new way of working outdoors, outside buildings is proposed. Working with the computer in the garden or under the pergolas, or working in the field on a tractor, all become part of the same landscape.
|Programme:||New construction of entrance promenade, new facades, landscape design of external spaces, offices, auditorium, kindergarten and underground car park.|
|Promoter/client:||Vitali Spa and Microsoft Italia|
|Architects:||Flores & Prats Archs. Ricardo Flores y Eva Prats|
|Collaborators:||Eirene Presmanes, Jorge Casajús, Oriol Valls, Javier Lecumberri, Sergi Madrid, Marta Mato, Christine van Sluys, Elvire Thouvenot, Fabrizia Cortellini, Verónica Baroni, Lucía Cella, Lucía Guerberoff, Sergio Muiño, Sune Rieper, Lars Bach, Adam McDonald|
|Photographs of model:||Adrià Goula|
|Situation:||Peschiera Borromeo, Milan, Italy|
|Area:||7,5 Hectares of buildings and park|
|Date of the Project:||August 2007 – August 2008|
|Date of Construction:||December 2008 – September 2011|