Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel architecture and design firm completes the regeneration of two historical buildings in the heart of Milan into a flexible and highly sustainable complex, offering a glimpse of the working space of tomorrow.

International architecture and design firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel (ACPV) unveils the renovation of Galleria San Carlo and of Galleria Passerella 2, in the heart of Milan’s historic center. Transforming a 21,000 GLA (Gross Leasable Area) block of buildings designed in the Fifties into a flexible and sustainable space, ACPV’s intervention takes a careful approach to the conservation of the buildings’ original details, while elevating their character and elegantly integrating the architecture in the surrounding urban context.

By meeting the highest international building standards for environmental sustainability and personal well-being, the project by ACPV creates a flexible space able to adapt to its users’ needs, while preserving the original architectures as designed in the Fifties by renowned architects, Gio Ponti, Fornaroli, and Soncini brothers.

“The new space design offers a glimpse of the workspace of the future,” says Patricia Viel, co-founder of ACPV firm. “The space of the offices can be easily changed and adapted to their users’ needs – a feature that comes quite handy, considering how work paradigms are changing because of the covid-19 emergency.”

ACPV designed a false ceiling that allows lights and partition walls to be easily moved, integrated or eliminated, so as to create a reconfigurable space able to quickly switch from open to closed workspaces.

The project by ACPV integrates the highest sustainability and personal well-being standards, which led to energy class A building certification besides the prestigious LEED Gold and Well certifications.