Portello District


The redevelopment project led to the transformation of the urban fabric into a "fluid space". The lighting project takes up this theme, personalizing the lighting depending on the environment considered. The dialogue between light and the different areas that are created, including the new, larger square in Milan, manifests itself in all its potential




Milan – Italy


Valle Architects Associates
Cino Zucchi Architects
Canali Associates

The redevelopment project occupies the area of ​​the former historic Alfa Romeo and Lancia factories ( 385,000m2 ) along the Sempione-San Siro axis and is aimed at mending the urban fabric from a "closed space" to a "fluid space".
The architectural project includes three large units to create an integrated settlement of residential, commercial and public services, including a new public park.
The residential units ( designed by two architectural firms ), a set of different buildings of different scales, towers and lower bodies intersect with the common spaces. The lighting, in line with the architectural concept, played on volumes, makes the choice to use pole-mounted luminaires and bollard-type luminaires.
The public park, built on different contour lines, houses three large "green sculptures" and articulates the topography of the land in a sculptural key: the amphitheatre; games for children, a body of water surrounded by a single perimeter bench, the grove and the area for sporting activities.
Small LED fixtures integrated into the parapet illuminate the three green sculptures with a play of chiaroscuro; luminaires installed on low-height poles illuminate the pedestrian and meeting areas, with low illuminance values ​​that are adequate for the various activities.
The cycle-pedestrian bridge connecting the park and the residential and office area is lit with linear luminaires integrated into the structure.
The new square ( the largest in Milan ), defined by the fronts of the new hospitality and office buildings, welcomes the landing of the cycle-pedestrian bridge. It shows a 5% slope and has two underground levels.
A lighting system with pole-mounted luminaires provides general illumination of all spaces, while the lower central building houses floodlights recessed into the roof for direct light illumination of the ceiling above and by reflection the surface of the square.