Milanese ice factory

Milan, Italy

Milanese ice factory
Milan, Italy

“Philippe Rotthier” European Prize for Architecture for the best mixing of urban activities and integrations (2011)
Italian Architecture Golden Medal, mention (2009)
“Mies Van Der Rohe” Prize, mention (2009)
International Prize “Color: Architectonical Material” (2007)
Archés Prize (2006)

program: Requalification of the Frigoriferi Milanesi complex on via Piranesi in Milan
> Milanese Ice Factory building area: 16 600 m2
> total area: 27 480 m2
client: Frigoriferi Milanesi spa
project: Alfonso Femia * with
structural engineering: Stefano Migliaro, Luca Romano, Luciano Chierici
services engineering: Marco Taccini
photos: ©E.Caviola
ceramic model: Danilo Trogu
book: “What’s in the fridge?”
The Palace will rediscover its nature, its form through a work of subtraction (the scenographic gorge connecting the floors, the continuous openings on the top floor) and addition (a system of external stairs complete with balconies – terraces, which will climb up to the fourth floor).” AF
The Milanese ice factory, was built in 1899, close to the railway station of Porta Vittoria.
It was used as a store for food and also housed an ice factory. The project redraws the top floor of the building, devising the renovation of the vaults, and planning a new area for visitors. The new distribution system is organized around a “throat” cavity containing the lifts; it redraws the front of Porta Vittoria inserting a system of stairs leading to the top floor of the building.

> Report about the Milanese Ice Factory, Milan