SASSETTI TOWER

New Sassetti Tower designed by L22 Urban & Building is the hub of the newly constructed Fintech district, an urban area aimed at developing innovative, technological finance.
Cities: MILAN
Countries: ITALY
Categories: OFFICE BUILDINGS
Designer: LOMBARDINI22
Date: 2017
Created by SELLALAB to represent the Italian fintech community, this new ecosystem is designed to help it grow along international lines, promoting cooperation and business partnerships between the various players in the industry (businesses, financial institutions and fintech bodies). 
The professional people and start-ups to be accommodated in the building were chosen very carefully by Copernico with technological innovation constantly in mind. The restructuring of the tower at 32/2 Via Sassetti commissioned by Invesco Real Estate, which bought the property in 2015, was instantly a success. The asset was, in fact, purchased in its entirety by Banca Sella. The first eight floors of the office building are taken up by Copernico with Banca Sella occupying levels 9-11. The 12th floor is a coworking. The 13th floor accommodates a new events space managed by Copernico.
The tower is located in the Porta Nuova district and can be accessed across a pedestrian square in front of new Palazzo Lombardia along viale Restelli in the downtown area extending from the Isola district east towards a recently developed area culminating in the building accommodating the Regional Council. This area has recently become a sort of “new city centre” for Milan, both a commercial and residential hub. L22’s design approach is based around a very cutting-edge vision in which maximising the efficiency and flexibility of this future office space is combined with an innovative facade design, smoothly flowing spaces, and views from the inside towards the outside and vice-versa. Built in 1990-1992 based on a structural design by the engineers Franco Morini and Emilio Pereira from the Morini Progetti associate engineering firm, the building - completely renovated by L22 Urban & Building - has a glass curtain facade featuring an overlapping pattern of slender horizontal and vertical elements designed to focus on both the layout of different levels and the facade’s structural grid. The redevelopment project is focused on emphasising the building’s presence in the square out in front, maximising its height to enhance a sense of verticality. The construction floats above an all-glass double-height entrance. The project was designed along the lines of elegance and timelessness. Sassetti Tower has a powerful identity that is a far cry from fleeting trends. Change keeps on generating change in the dynamic Porta Garibaldi area.
The facade grid has been extended beyond the terrace to emphasise the vertical nature of the tower, while Santafiore Lavagrigia stone cladding in the form of columns and architraves has been added on at ground-floor level. The imposing row of columns covered with Santafiore Lavagrigia stone emphasises the base’s solidity and makes the upper section look more elegant.
Procedures are underway for awarding Sassetti Tower platinum-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), certification that the building meets a number of important standards in terms of savings on resources, energy efficiency, choice of materials, low-energy lighting, and the quality of its interiors.
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