The Pirelli RE Office Complex is a concentrated urban office and conference center on an exurban site in Milan, Italy. The project’s 827,000 square foot area is concentrated in two 130-foot high towers that are connected by a bridge that utilizes the same structural, environmental, and cladding systems as the main buildings.


The towers are organized as a highly integrated series of efficient work areas. This overall organization strategy incorporate a series of sixteen distinct leasable zones which can be easily scaled and reconfigured to meet the needs of individual tenants. The building’s envelope is specifically designed to maximize the quality of light and air deep into the building’s form while minimizing energy and maintenance costs over the life cycle of the project.


At the heart of each building is a structural atrium composed of steel and glass diaphragms that meet at the building’s center. The structural atria support the lower floors from below and hang the upper floors from above, creating a conference level at level five which is entirely open, reconfigurable, and structure-free. These atria function not only as structure, but are also integral to the building’s sustainability. They exhaust hot air from the building and draw cooler air through the building’s skin into each work zone. When combine with the building’s skin to optimize daylight and fresh air for the entire workspace, these strategies allow both buildings to be naturally ventilated for a significant portion of the year. These multi-level atria also act as a places for interaction and collaboration for workers in both buildings.


By concentrating the required spaces within a dense urban form and lifting this form above the ground plane, an expansive park is created within the city. The park landscape extends north and south, with views reaching from the Viale Sarca deep into and through the buildings. Retail spaces and parking are located at the base of the towers and integrated into the larger landscape to create new densities of movement and meeting places along and above the site.

LOCATION / Milan, Italy
TYPE / Offices, conference center, and retail facilities
SIZE / 827,000sf
ROLE / Design Architect
COST / $130 million

AWARDS / AIA Los Angeles NEXT LA Honor Award, 2006
First Prize, International Competition, 2005