Housing on the crossroad
The housing building on the crossroads of Via Melchiore Gioia and Giovanni Battista Pirelli consists of two quasi-symmetrical volumes with apartments and two tiny service desks, enclosing it into a compact squarish block. The building is a solitaire with a ground plan footprint appropriate to the placement on the extensive junction in the city. In that case, a decent base is preferred to a fragmentation or a fragile verticality. The inner conception refers to a traditional patio house, that corresponds to the given area and which we consider to be the most suitable housing solution for the location with such a heavy traffic. On the height of the surrounding high-rise buildings, the four storey house reacts by two dynamically elevated corners, pointing at their roofs with imaginary a rcs. This gesture also marks the crossroads, and increases its memorability as snowy alpine peaks appearing at the end of the Milan streets heading north.
The position of the house is defined by the following urbanistic and spatial relations. The longer side, not facing the junction, is simply given by the north edge of the parcel, a lane parallel with Via G. B. Pirelli. The shorter side, not facing the junction and oriented to the east, is aligned with the back edge of the high-rise building further on Via Melchiore Gioia. The opposite, west facade, opened to the junction and Via Melchiore Gioia is stepping a little back from the street line, which creates necessary space for cumulated transport in this area. The south facade, opened to Via G. B. Pirelli, approximately follows the corner of the neighboring building.