In the eyes and mind of the designers there is a trendy and avant-garde district of Milan, young and full of activity. It will be here that the international campus of the European Design Institute (IED) will be built and it will also be here that a series of science museums will be set up with the aim of learning about new technologies. The ideal neighborhood to live in the city therefore. As if that weren’t enough, the houses will be accessible for everyone, with rental prices around € 500 per month and selling prices around € 2,500 per square meter.
A mirage? A summer sunstroke? Not really: the ARIA project was the winner of the Reinventing Cities call, promoted by the municipality of Milan together with C40 and now in its second edition, and concerns the complete redesign and redevelopment of this district, which will be born in the area of the former slaughterhouse. In this huge area of Milan, covering an area of 15 hectares, the general markets were held: in the coming years the urban layout of the district will simply be upset, although some current architectural elements will be preserved, and 4 unconstrained buildings will be recovered.
Also in this case, as in many architectural projects in Milan, weight has been given to sustainability: in fact, 30 thousand square meters of surface already built will be reused, and this will lead to a saving of 4500 cubic meters of reinforced concrete, thus avoiding dispersion in the environment 2 thousand tons of CO2.
The ARIA project at the former slaughterhouse
Let’s take a closer look at the ARIA project, presented by Redo Sgr together with Deltaecopolis, CCL, IED Istituto Europeo di Design, CA Ventures and E.On. The signatures are from a number of prestigious architectural firms from all over the world. According to the mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala, the project will also serve to demonstrate that “Milan regenerates itself starting from its history”, with projects that can “combine past and future, architectural quality and sustainability”. This is precisely the purpose of Reinventing Cities, the call born with the idea of restoring old areas of the city in a present and current perspective, guaranteeing environmental standards, high quality of life and access to all services.
The heart of the new district will be the headquarters of the IED, larger and more modern, thus able to expand the training offer and increase its competitiveness at an international level. Not far away will rise the POD (Point of Disclosure) Science & Art District, an area specially designed for the dissemination of science, where exhibitions, events and workshops open to all will be cyclically launched. Here, courses will also be organized to allow the inhabitants – but not only – to keep up with new technologies, while alongside numerous cultural activities will be organized thanks to the contributions of Mare Culturale Urbano and the Bottega delle Arti e dei Mestieri, to allow especially to young people without a qualification to integrate better into the world of work.
To the south of this part, the residential part will be studied. In all, 1200 families will find space, most of them rented at an agreed rate and discounted sale. Rents will vary between 60 and 115 euros per square meter, which translated means 500 euros per month for a three-room apartment of 75 square meters, while house prices will be around 2250 euros per square meter.
A student residence with 600 beds will then be built, while a small part of the residential area will be free housing. The services will include a medical center, a nursery school, several spaces for coworking, and numerous commercial activities, which will be accompanied by social gardens, areas equipped for sport and music, to ensure an excellent quality of life. to residents and to all those who intend to spend a day there.